Council calls on union to suspend strike action

Derby City Council is calling on UNISON to suspend its teaching assistant strike action after offering them a new deal.

TA's in Derby have been striking over changes to their contract that they say leaves them with 25% less pay.

ITV News Central ran a story yesterday on how a schoolgirl with special educational needs was brought to tears by the strikes as she couldn't 'understand or handle' the disruption.

Katie-Ann was brought to tears Credit: Charlotte Gunn

In a job evaluation brought in by Derby City Council in June last year, school support staff saw the number of weeks in the year they are paid reduced from 52 to 39, and their working week was cut by 4.5 hours.

Now, the authority has offered for one of the UNISON representatives to review the scoring and job content of the TA's:

UNISON has told ITV News Central that the strike action will still be going ahead next week. The strike days will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.