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Education / Teaching assistants


31 May 2017

Fighting Tory cuts to the schools budget

Education workers, parents and students are uniting in protest

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12 April 2017

School cuts can be beaten

Schools are under the greatest threat for more than a generation and an equally powerful response is needed. In the next couple of months, the scale of the cuts will be evident

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12 April 2017

Derby teaching assistants accept offer to end pay dispute

Following negotiations and a ballot of Unison members the Derby teaching assistants' dispute ended on 5 April. The members voted nine-to-one to accept the offer from Derby council.

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29 March 2017

Over 1,000 march with TAs against 23% pay cut

"What do we want? Fair pay!"

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22 March 2017

Derby TAs' strike suspended after new offer

Following a new offer from Labour-led Derby council, public sector union Unison has now suspended the all-out strike action by teaching assistants and school support staff

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15 March 2017

Derby teaching assistants' all-out strike against Labour council

Teaching assistants and school support staff in Derby are now on all-out strike against massive pay cuts imposed by the Labour-led city council. In a recent survey 74% of Derby people said they supported the action by these workers.

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1 March 2017

Teaching assistants continue fight against 6,000 a year pay cut

TAs and support staff are striking at schools across the city

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14 December 2016

Derby TAs to strike against pay cut

Derby teaching assistants are to take a further six days of strike action in their dispute with the Labour-led city council. The TAs have already taken several days of strike action over massive cuts to pay.

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7 December 2016

TAs force Labour to suspend pay cuts

Durham teaching assistants have won a significant battle in their campaign against pay cuts

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7 December 2016

Newham council to sack up to 1,300

The all-Labour council in Newham, east London, is threatening to sack up to 1,300 of its workforce.

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30 November 2016

Durham teaching assistants determined to win

Durham teaching assistants took another two days of strike action on 23 and 24 November. A hundred schools were picketed. On 23 November over 1,000 teaching assistants descended on Durham with public street protests and a march.

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16 November 2016

Durham teaching assistants strike: 2,000 walk out

Almost 2,000 teaching assistants (TAs), Unison and ATL members, in County Durham struck on 8 and 9 November against the Labour council that is proposing to cut their wages.

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9 November 2016

Newcastle council cuts: opportunity for trade union fightback

Newcastle residents and council staff have borne the brunt of Tory austerity. 200 million of central government funding has been stripped from the cash-starved council since 2010. An important refuge for women and children fleeing domestic crises is slated for closure.

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9 November 2016

Library cuts: working class kids suffer most

Walsall council, in one of the poorest areas of the west Midlands, is closing 15 of its 16 libraries. Sadly, this is just one of many examples of ruthless cuts which will deny young people a future.

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1 November 2016

Teaching assistants stage vigil and rally

Around 400 TAs protested outside Durham County Hall. Across the north east there is growing anger against Durham's Labour-controlled council, which is planning to sack 2,700 TAs, then rehire them on 23% less pay.

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19 October 2016

Teaching assistant pledges ongoing fight against pay cuts

Durham City Council is proposing to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then rehire them on 23% less pay. At an event in Durham City centre, which was to raise awareness of the attack on them, teaching assistant Lisa Turnbull talked to the Socialist.

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