Strike ballot update
Our strike ballot of support staff is now closed.
The YES vote was 89 per cent, on a turnout of 43 per cent. Read the full results. This result does not meet the legal thresholds which would allow us to take strike action.
Our strike ballot for support staff opened in June, weeks before the Government made an improved offer on teacher pay and school funding.
85 per cent of support staff voted to ACCEPT that funding offer, on a turnout of 45 per cent.
The prospect of combined strike action involving teachers and support staff next term was a critical factor in forcing ministers’ hands to pledge £900 million of additional cash to ensure teacher and support staff pay awards are adequately funded, thereby protecting jobs.
Update on support staff pay
Support staff pay is determined by the National Joint Council (NJC) and negotiated by its recognised unions, Unison, GMB and Unite. Read full details of the NJC offer.
For the bulk of support staff, the flat-rate offer represents an increase of between 6 and 8 per cent, slightly better than the Government’s improved offer to teachers.
We believe that the Government's new offer on teacher pay and funding will ensure that teacher and support staff pay awards are adequately funded.