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Council calls on union to suspend strike action

Teaching assistants striking in Derby Credit: ITV News Central

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:

The Council has continually stressed its willingness to try every avenue it can to resolve the current industrial dispute which is impacting on the education of our school children.

As requested by UNISON, we have agreed to allow a representative nominated by them to review the scoring and job content of the Special Needs Teaching Assistant. This allows for discussion directly between their representative and Hay KornFerry (previously Hay Group).

But in doing so, we ask as a gesture of good faith, and recognising the Council’s willingness to take on board this suggestion, that UNISON considers suspending its industrial action whilst we await the outcome of this discussion.

– Derby City Council statement

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.

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