Derby TAs to be balloted on new offer to resolve pay strike

Prentis UNISON DerbyTeaching assistants in Derby are today returning to work after receiving a new offer to settle their long-running dispute.

The UNISON members have been taking action over the last ten months over plans to cut their pay by up to a quarter.

Talks with the city council last month broke down but now council bosses have made a new offer, which union reps are recommending members accept. The ballot opens on Wednesday.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Throughout this dispute, UNISON has made every effort to get an offer that would enable Derby school support staff to end their strike and go back to into school.

“Staff from our head office and the regional team have been working hard to reach a settlement, and have been involved in lengthy negotiations with councillors to try to find a way through.

“From the very beginning, striking school employees have received an incredible amount of support from parents, pupils, teachers, head teachers and the public. That has been very much appreciated.

“It’s not been easy for anyone, but the huge pay cuts introduced last summer sadly left school support staff with no other choice. Now it’s time for them to have their say, which means things could soon be back to normal.”

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