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£36,268raised of £35,000 target by 1470 supporters

    Weʼve raised £36,268 to support Durham Teaching Assistants fight against pay cuts proposals. 2,700 could lose up to 23% of annual income.

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    Funded on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

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    In Oct '15 proposals were announced to change the terms and conditions of the contracts of employment for 2,700 Teaching Assistants. We have rejected 3 slightly varied proposals to date, offering only 1 year's compensation for loss of income, and this could result in us being sacked on 31.12.16 and reinstated on 1.1.17 under new terms and conditions. These relatively low paid workers provide invaluable assistance to teachers and we strongly object to the way the need for these changes, under threat of inequality pay claims, have been presented by our employer.
    TAs have come together and after organising initial meetings, formed the County Durham Teaching Assistants Activists Committee (CDTAAC). Donations have begun to be received and we hope to fund legal advice and industrial action.
    The strength of feeling is such that 500 TAs attended a meeting at Redhills Miners Hall supported by Durham TUC and subsequently 800 TAs marched at the Durham Miners Gala gaining support from unions at a national level and from Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.
    The issue is difficult in terms of employment procedures. However many TAs have 20-30 years in post, years that have seen several huge changes in the delivery of education to children across the board. The role of TA has developed into something much more akin to Teachers' employment than that of a similar graded Business Administrator.
    CDTAAC represents TAs in all their varying circumstances. Being offered increased hours is an attempt to reduce the impact of contract changes but not all Heads can offer increased hours and not all TAs can suddenly accept more hours due to other commitments.
    Historically we know our pay is for term time working divided equally by 12 months. At this point in time our employer is trying to say we are paid over the school holidays and to convert us to term time pay again, by reducing our paid weeks. Without taking the increased hours the loss adds up to 23%, or £4,000 in real terms.



    • Tina Louise Patterson

      Tina Louise Patterson

      12 days ago

      Tina Louise Patterson

      The Lions of Durham are fighting an incredibly important issue, which has escalated in interest way beyond our wildest dreams, up and down the country and even overseas. At this point in time the pressure on our employers for some negotiation is coming from all angles and changes daily. We sincerely thank all of you who have donated with such compassion and generosity. Your messages of support and encouragement to continue our fight have meant so much since last August. THE TAs OF CO DURHAM ARE ROARING A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR JG GIVERS.

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    • Tina Louise Patterson

      Tina Louise Patterson

      14 days ago

      Tina Louise Patterson

      Our JG period ends 23/11/16. Durham TAs face huge pay cuts. Our employer cites possible inequality pay claims as their refusal to back track on these proposals. TAs are striking again with over 100 picket lines and a mass protest. TAs are asking for a pay grading structure reflecting our professionalism, in line with neighbouring authorities. Striking costs money ... thank you for your help. Please continue to follow us on twitter @TAs_Durham and fb Durham Teaching Assistants Value Us. Donate to CDTAAC Memb 9005, PBCB Acc 20039763, 60 83 01.

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    • Tina Louise Patterson

      Tina Louise Patterson

      a month ago

      Tina Louise Patterson

      Thank you for your support at this tough time. The majority of TAs have voted for STRIKE ACTION in Co Durham because they do not accept their employer's proposals in regards to previous contracts, pay structure and the moral issue of reducing an individual's pay by 23%. Unison, Unite and ATL members are in preparation for striking before Christmas. GMB union members are now caught up in alternative proceedings. As our campaign continues follow us on fb, Durham Teaching Assistants Value Us campaign & twitter @TAs_Durham. Many thanks CDTAAC.

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    • Tina Louise Patterson

      Tina Louise Patterson

      2 months ago

      Tina Louise Patterson

      Our continued THANKS for your contributions! CDTAAC is working hard and the Lions of Durham can be heard roaring across the county. A load went to L'pool, on the Labour Party Conf w/e, and met with 2 union heads who listened. A further party went to Brum, w/e of the Tory Party Conf, and were invited to lead the Anti-Austerity March of thousands. The vast majority of TAs have rejected the final offer, but even those accepting have received 'sack and re-engage with new terms & conditions' letters. As our strike ballot is underway, hear us ROAR!

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    • Anonymous


      Nov 23, 2016

      you do such a good job. you deserve better


    • Anna Vickerage

      Anna Vickerage

      Nov 23, 2016

      As a teacher myself you are invaluable. Solidarity.


    • Kate Nutt

      Kate Nutt

      Nov 23, 2016

      Solidarity with the Durham TA's - your fight is our fight xxx

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    Tina Louise Patterson

    Tina Louise Patterson

    County Durham

    County Durham Teaching Assistants Activists Committee

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