Schools to close as Durham teaching assistants take second two-day strike action

More than 100 primary schools across County Durham will be affected tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday as teaching assistants strike for a second time in a long-running dispute over cuts to their pay. School support staff plan to protest at dozens of picket lines across the county over the two days. This will mean the closure […]

Help Celebrate 20 years of Show Racism the Red Card

 Show Racism the Red Card are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year and as part of the celebrations a night of comedy and music has been organised to take place on Friday 25th November at 8.00 pm in World Headquarters, Newcastle upon Tyne. UNISON Northern has a proud history of working with Show Racism and […]

Durham teaching assistants announce new strike dates, reveals UNISON

                                Northern   Press Release   Monday 16 November 2016 For immediate release More than a thousand Durham teaching assistants will take a further two days of strike action next week (Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November) over cuts to their pay. This follows strike action held in the second week of November. Teaching assistants […]

We’re so proud of our Durham teaching assistants

Last week saw Durham teaching assistants take two days of strike action over unfair cuts to their pay. Durham County Council want to move teaching assistants onto term time only contracts, and asked teaching assistants to agree to a pay cut of up to 23%. When UNISON teaching assistants, the vast majority of whom are […]

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 […]

Stronger Together

Since becoming UNISON Regional Secretary back in July, a lot of people have been asking me what the job involves. The truth is that changes on a daily basis. Sometimes it can be about managing the work of the union in the region. Other times it can be about building relationships with local politicians and […]

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% […]