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: