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National hardship fund for Durham dispute

UNISON has today (Monday) authorised a national hardship fund to ensure that no teaching assistants on strike in Durham suffer financial hardship. The fund, made up of an initial £150,000 will be administered by the union’s northern region. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today I have personally authorised £150,000 from the union’s industrial action fund […]

Schools closed as Durham teaching assistants take two-day strike action

                                Northern   Press Release   Monday 19 November 2016 For immediate release Schools closed as Durham teaching assistants take two-day strike action Nearly 100 primary schools across County Durham will be affected tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday as teaching assistants strike in a long-running dispute over cuts to their pay. School support staff plan to […]

Why UNISON Teaching Assistants are taking strike action leaflet

We have produced a handout of why Durham Teaching Assistants are going on strike, you can download it here. The text is copied below. Durham County Council wants to move teaching assistants onto term time only contracts – they asked teaching assistants to agree to a pay cut of up to 23%. When teaching assistants refused […]

Two finalists from the Northern Region chosen for the inaugural ‘Our Health Heroes’ awards

An emergency care assistant at Berwick ambulance station and a cleaner at Happy House surgery in Sunderland are today (Tuesday) recognised with Our Health Heroes awards. The honours have been created by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health, in partnership with UNISON. Iain Scott and Liz Mason have been chosen as […]

Durham teaching assistants to take two days of strike action, announces UNISON

Teaching assistants in Durham will take strike action on 8 and 9 November in the long-running dispute over cuts to their pay, their union UNISON has announced today (Monday). This follows a ballot over Durham County Council plans to move teaching assistants to term-time pay. This could see school support staff lose up to 23% […]

Join the 10th Anniversary Event of Reclaim the Night

You are invited to the Northern TUC’s Annual Reclaim the Night event which this year takes place in Newcastle on Saturday 26th November at 6.00 pm. Gather at Old Eldon Square, Blackett Street, Newcastle, NE1 7UG where the march will set off at 6.30 pm up Northumberland Street led by the Bangshees, community-based all-women drumming […]

Durham teaching assistants back strike action, says UNISON

Durham teaching assistants have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in the long-running dispute over cuts to their pay, their union UNISON has announced today (Wednesday). UNISON held a ballot over Durham County Council plans to move teaching assistants to term-time pay. This could see school support staff lose up to 23% of their wages. The […]

The Colombian people’s struggle for peace – 20th October

Earlier this month Colombians voted against a peace agreement between the government and FARC guerrillas, leaving the peace process in limbo and sending the country into a political crisis. UNISON Northern have a long history of working with our comrades in the indigenous communities in Colombia and have organised an event which is taking place […]

Durham Teaching Assistants Rally!

UNISON is leading the fight for teaching assistants currently under threat of dismissal and re-engagement by Durham County Council. Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, has given a personal commitment to UNISON members to support them all in the face of this attack. Dave will be speaking at a rally which is taking place on: […]

UNISON Northern launches Teaching Assistants Professional Standards

Thursday 6 October 12.30 pm Gateshead Civic Centre UNISON, the public services union, recently published the Teaching Assistants Professional Standards and have been working with the Education Trust on a career framework and professional development for teaching assistants. The guidelines and standards for head teachers, governing bodies and teaching assistants have the potential to transform the […]