Rally in Durham
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Educating assistants attended a latest rally in Durham

Educating assistants in County Durham have voted to strike after rejecting a pay deal some declare would see them lose as much as 20% of their wage.

About 2,000 members of Unison – principally girls – are offended at Durham County Council’s plan to solely pay them throughout time period time.

The union has warned that any industrial motion might pressure some faculties to shut.

The council mentioned it was “very upset” on the poll outcome.

Unison regional secretary Clare Williams mentioned: “Educating assistants are important within the classroom and to devalue them on this means is unacceptable.

“Dad and mom and lecturers perceive their value, it is a pity the council doesn’t.

“This determination to maneuver to industrial motion hasn’t been taken calmly, however with workers going through huge pay cuts they’ve been left with no different choice.

“Durham council should do the suitable factor and get again across the negotiating desk.”

Strike motion is predicted to start earlier than Christmas.

Durham County Council’s head of training, Caroline O’Neill, mentioned: “We’re clearly very upset that Unison members have taken this determination.

“All through this course of we now have been actually clear that this isn’t a state of affairs we might wish to be in, however one which – like all however one different council within the North East and lots of nationally – we now have a authorized and ethical obligation to take care of, because of the large potential for very pricey equal pay claims by different workers, which might put council providers and jobs in danger.

“We’ll in fact now work with head lecturers to make sure that any disruption to their training is saved to a minimal.”

Final month about 200 instructing assistants who’re members of the GMB union voted to simply accept the council’s proposals.