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UNISON has confirmed that its local government and school support staff members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taking one day of strike action on 10 July in support of better pay. The decision was taken following a yes vote in a strike ballot.
Please contact the Branch to let them know if you are prepared to join the picket line.
The industrial action covers schools where NJC (National Joint Council) terms and conditions are directly applicable. Due to recent court judgments and legal considerations, academy schools are not included in this first round of action. However, we are looking to ballot a number of Multi Academy Trusts for potential further action in September. More information will be issued in the coming weeks. If you are unsure if the July action affects your schools please talk to your branch.
There will be a small number of schools where GMB, UNITE and NUT members are taking action on the 10th July but UNISON members have not been balloted for action in this round. Below is advice for branches to give to members in these small number schools.
UNISON members in academy schools have not yet been balloted for strike action or action short of strike action and therefore they are advised to continue with their normal duties and responsibilities. However, UNISON members should not take on any additional responsibilities being given to them directly as a result of the industrial action on the 10th July.
School support staff should not be expected to provide cover for or take classes, where this would normally be done by teachers who are taking action. In particular, Higher Level Teaching Assistants or cover supervisors should only be taking classes or providing cover where they are contracted to do so, it is timetabled or part of their normal duties. Staff should not be moved from the duties they would normally have carried out in order to cover classes and frustrate the industrial action of colleagues. Members who are under pressure to cover should contact their UNISON rep, branch or region for further advice and support.