Durham teaching assistants accept new pay offer

The dispute lasted for two years. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Teaching assistants in Durham represented by UNISON, have overwhelmingly voted to accept the final offer made by the County Council to end the long-running dispute.

The improved offer, put forward last month, is the result of lengthy negotiations with the Council, which involved teaching assistants themselves. It is significantly different from the initial offer made over a year ago, and subsequently rejected.

Today’s acceptance will see the introduction of a new grading structure for teaching assistants and the setting up of a career progression board. The regarding changes will take effect in January 2018. The progression board will get to work immediately and will include UNISON teaching assistant representatives.