Unison has announced its teaching assistant members in County Durham have 'overwhelmingly rejected' Durham County Council's revised offer in a long running dispute over pay cuts. They have been protesting over plans to pay teaching assistants for term-time only. Unison represents the majority of the 2700 teaching assistants involved.
The revised offer suggested to teaching assistants was two years of compensation as opposed to one. Unison has said that a ballot will now be held over potential strike action.
The GMB Union represents around 500 teaching assistants. Their members have voted to accept the revised offer by 53.5% to 46.5% on a turnout of around 74%. The union says they will not ballot over strike action but look to have discussions with Unison and Durham County Council over how to proceed.