Durham county council has responded to Unison's announcement that teaching assistants will stage a two day strike over a long running dispute over changes to their contracts.
Campaigners say plans to move teaching assistants to term-time pay could see school support staff lose up to 23% of their wages. Strike action will take place on 8 and 9 November.
Durham County Council say that the majority of staff have not voted to strike and that they have entered a year of negotiations with staff and unions.
Margaret Whellans, Durham County Council’s corporate director of children and young people’s services, said:
Around 40,000 public sector jobs have been lost in the North East since the last general election, according to the GMB union. The figure equates to one in seven local government or civil service jobs.
The government says many more jobs have been created in the private sector.
Teachers will stage two days of walkouts in October in a row over pay, pensions and workload.
Two teaching unions have announced that their members in eight areas of England will strike in October with thousands of pupils set to be affected.
Unions NUT and NASUWT said members in the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside and the Eastern region will take part in a walkout on October 1.
Those in the North East, London, the South East and the South West will strike on October 17.
A national strike is likely to follow and take place before Christmas.
The two largest teachers' unions, who have announced they will go on strike before Christmas, have criticised Education Secretary Michael Gove for his "relentless attack" on the profession.
The two largest teachers' unions have announced a national strike in England before Christmas over working conditions.
The NUT and NASUWT represent nine out of 10 teachers in the country.
The two largest teachers' unions in England and Wales are to outline plans for strike action later today.
In July, the NUT and NASUWT unions announced they would hold a one-day national strike, as well as rolling regional strikes in September and October. They have not stated the exact dates of the strikes.
Both unions are in a dispute with the government over pay, conditions and pensions.
The Government has announced that almost 1.4 million public sector employees will receive a 1% pay rise from next month.
The Treasury said recommendations from a number of pay review bodies had been accepted, sparking anger from unions.
Unison, which represents 450,000 NHS workers including nurses, paramedics, therapists and midwives, said staff face another year of financial hardship.
The union condemned the second successive 1% annual increase as a "squeeze" on pay, which officials warned would leave many health workers and their families struggling to make ends meet.