TEACHING assistants across County Durham are striking today over council plans to cut their pay by up to 25 per cent.
Public service union Unison said it expected 98 primary schools to be closed or partially closed by the strike, which involves members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers as well as Unison.
Pickets were in action at schools across the county.
Labour-controlled Durham County Council plans to introduce “term-time only” pay for 2,700 teaching assistants.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The way these teaching assistants have been treated is nothing short of disgraceful. They regret any disruption to parents but feel they have no other option.
“But it doesn’t have to be this way.
“It’s not too late for Durham to see the error of its ways, make a decent offer to our teaching assistants and show it appreciates their immense contribution to schools, parents and communities.”