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Four more days of strike action for teaching assistants

Four further days of strike action have been announced for teaching assistants in County Durham, in their pay dispute with the council.

More than 1,000 support staff took part in a second 48-hour walkout on Wednesday and Thursday, with dozens of schools disrupted.

They say that many will see their salaries cut by up to 23%, because of plans to pay them for term-times only.

Watch coverage: County Durham teaching assistants strike for second time

Trade union UNISON has now announced another four days of strike action before Christmas, beginning next week.

They are: Thursday 1st December, and Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th December.

More than 1,000 teaching assistants staged a demonstration outside Durham County Hall on Thursday.

Durham Council must commit to engaging in proper negotiations to end this dispute – starting with abandoning plans to sack and re-engage Durham Teaching Assistants.

We have been consistent and clear that we will only halt industrial action when real and meaningful negotiations, carried out in good faith, have been arranged.

Any disruption caused by strike action is nothing compared to the impact of brutal salary cuts on thousands of vital school staff.

– Neville Hancock - Branch Secretary, UNISON

Durham County Council has insisted it has to make the contract changes to avoid legal challenges from other staff, and says 90% of schools were open on Wednesday and Thursday.

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