Today, following recent successful strike action and conversations with UNISON, Durham County Council has suspended notices of dismissal and reengagement for Durham TAs.
We will now be engaging in talks aimed at resolving the dispute.
This is an important step in the fight to protect Durham teaching assistants from savage pay cuts.
There’s still plenty of work to do in the weeks ahead to make sure Teaching Assistants don’t lose out – but we’re pleased that Durham council has heard the voices of TAs and parents alike.
That is a testament the incredible passion and dedication of Durham’s teaching assistants and the support they’ve had from teachers, parents and communities across Durham.
Durham council now has a chance to show that it values the work these vital educators do, and ensure they are paid what they deserve.