Derby school support staff continue action up to half term

UNISON video showcases support for six-month action from parents and teaching colleagues

Derby teaching assistants are taking further strike action this week, as they continue their campaign for pay fairness during the run-up to half-term.

All the schools in the East Midlands city will be closed next week for the holiday, but many will be affected by UNISON’s industrial action today (Monday) and on Wednesday and Friday this week.

They are taking action against imposed changes to their contracts which have seen many lose up to 25% of their pay – averaging £300 to £400 a month.

Their action this week will include a “love in” for the dedicated UNISON members who care for and help educate the city’s children, which is scheduled to coincide with tomorrow’s start of the TUC #heartunions week.

And putting some faces to the action over the past six months, UNISON East Midlands has produced a video featuring a teaching assistant, a teacher and a parent explain why they support taking strike action.