Derby teaching assistants to take a further six days of strike action

Derby teaching assistants are to take six days of strike action in the long-running dispute over cuts to their pay, UNISON has announced today (Wednesday). School support staff will take action next week and the week after (14, 15, 19 and 20 December) and then again in the new year (19 and 20 January). The […]

Eric Roberts, UNISON President, at the UNISON National Delegate Conference

NEC pays tribute to Eric Roberts

‘We should make Eric proud by continuing on in the union – let’s make and keep this the best union’

Derby teaching assistants reject city council offer

Derby teaching assistants have voted by nine to one to reject the latest offer from the council to settle the long-running dispute over their new contracts. School support staff across the city have now taken seven days of strike action – and three weeks of lunchtime protests – over the council’s decision to cut their […]

Derby council is escalating pay dispute with school support staff ‘pointlessly’, says UNISON

UNISON is accusing Derby City Council of inflaming tensions and escalating a dispute with school support staff who have seen their pay slashed by up to 25%. The staff – who begin their latest two-day strike today (Thursday) – plan to distribute balloons and stickers to parents and children as part of their good-natured community […]

Public services campaign making its mark, NEC hears

Executive agrees report on campaign speaking up for members and public services ‘in the worst of political circumstances’

Head and shoulders photo of Dave Prentis and striking Derby teaching assistants

‘United, we can win’ says Dave Prentis as he joins Derby picket

‘You are the union’ general secretary tells striking teaching assistants in Derby, battling imposed 25% pay cut

Teaching assistants deserve better than being pushed into poverty by a Labour council

We’ll continue to fight for and alongside striking staff in Derby to win them the pay deal they deserve. And I want to see Durham teaching assistants voting for strike action too, so we can show their local council the strength of feeling wherever vital public servants like teaching assistants are mistreated.

Derby teaching assistants take their pay dispute to Labour party conference

Derby teaching assistants have taken their dispute over pay to the Labour party conference in Liverpool in a bid to win support from MPs and increase pressure on Derby City Council

In Derby and Durham, a vital resource is under threat

This week, I’ve been at Brighton with unions from across the country at the TUC, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to speak to and on behalf of Derby teaching assistants and other school support staff in Westminster yesterday

School support staff lobby Parliament

School support staff travel from Derby to Westminster to lobby MPs over 25% pay cut

Derby school support staff strike against pay cuts

Schools affected across the city as 500 protest outside Council House over imposed changes to contracts