The consultative ballot has now closed.
UNISON’s consultative ballot for schools in England has now closed. Thank you to everyone who spoke up for their schools and voted.
So what did the results of the ballot show?
Members overwhelmingly said that government funding cuts were having a negative impact on schools. Nearly everyone wants UNISON to continue to campaign on school funding. And a sizeable majority are prepared to take industrial action to secure improvements. Unfortunately the turnout in the ballot was not as high as we would have liked.
UNISON’s National Schools Committee will consider the detailed results at its meeting on 12 March to consider next steps and we will keep members informed.
What was the consultative ballot about?
Thousands of support staff posts have been cut in recent years. Workloads have spiralled, with support staff working unpaid overtime just to keep schools running. More than 25% of our members work nearly an extra day each week for no extra pay – just to get the job done.
The recent pay deal put more money in members’ pockets, but it’s still not enough. And, in places, terms and conditions are under attack as schools look for ways to save money.
We can’t go on like this. Our schools are too important to be put at risk by failing government policies, increasing workloads, funding and staffing cuts, which hurt support staff, teachers, and of course, children.
Not in UNISON but a member of school support staff?