Breakthrough for teaching assistants in Durham, says UNISON

UNISON has today (Wednesday) welcomed Durham County Council’s decision to change its plans to dismiss and rehire several thousand teaching assistants in the North East. After months of negotiations and several strikes last year, which brought the council back to the table, a revised offer has now been proposed, says UNISON. UNISON Northern regional secretary […]

Derby and Durham school support staff bring inspiration

Faced with huge cuts to their pay, these UNISON members fought back

‘Together we are stronger’ NEC hears after Derby success

School support staff congratulated after for successful dispute; Syria statement; conference preparations

New offer that could settle Derby dispute to be put to school support staff, says UNISON

Strike action by Derby school support staff is to be suspended following a new offer from the city council, UNISON has announced today (Friday). UNISON will now recommend that its members across the city’s schools accept the offer. That offer will now be put to staff, and if they vote to accept the deal, the […]

Derby school support staff continue action up to half term

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

Pirouetting onto the UNISON stage

Tamar Dixon started out as a dancer, but has since pursued a new passion as a teaching assistant – and with her new job she also discovered UNISON

Blog: Derby – our magnificent members aren’t going anywhere

Our message is clear and my position is the same as our members: the council must negotiate – massive pay cuts for school support staff cannot be the answer

Derby teaching assistants to take second consecutive week of strikes

General secretary Dave Prentis launches new campaign in long-running dispute over 25% cuts

Derby public backs striking school staff

76% of people who responded to survey about the strike back UNISON members defending their pay

Derby school support staff start week of action

Teaching assistants, school supervisors, admin staff and other support workers striking between 7am and 1pm every day this week

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 […]

UNISON suspends today’s teaching assistants’ strike action

Strike action involving teaching assistants that was due to affect schools across County Durham today (Thursday) has been called off

An important step in the fight to protect Durham teaching assistants

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

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 […]

School support staff – the stats behind the stars

School support staff – the numbers