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Support staff funding campaign

Vote now in our preliminary ballot for an above-inflation pay rise and further funding to improve staffing.

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Preliminary pay and funding ballot 

Our online ballot asks whether you would vote to strike in support of the three recognised local government unions’ (Unison, GMB and Unite) above-inflation pay claim of £3,000 or 10 per cent, whichever is greater, and whether you would vote to strike to demand Government commits further funding to improve staffing levels.

The preliminary ballot will close on 19 April. 

Education could not survive without the hard work of support staff and you deserve a fair wage and improved staffing. We can win that together. Vote today.

We have written to the NJC unions to express our strong desire to work alongside them, in a general election year, to ballot our members to address the funding of pay, jobs and conditions of service.

We will use the results to demonstrate to Government, National Joint Council employers and the recognised unions the strength of feeling amongst support staff and our resolve not to accept further detriment to pay, conditions and staffing.

Support staff FAQs

The preliminary ballot will close on 19 April. Cast your vote today to make a stand for your profession, your pupils and your schools.

Pay and funding campaign

The NEU is actively campaigning for a fully funded, above-inflation pay rise for all educators, highlighting the pay disparity in further education.

2023 ballots

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 2023 NJC offer.

In 2023 85 per cent of NEU support staff members voted to ACCEPT the Government 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 were better funded, thereby protecting jobs. For the bulk of support staff, the flat-rate offer represented an increase of between 6 and 8 per cent, slightly better than the Government’s improved offer to teachers.

What extra funding was offered?

  • £900 million extra funding, year-on-year, for schools to pay for the extra 3 per cent for teachers’ pay.
  • Guarantees that the extra money will not come from any frontline services, including Special Educational Needs (SEND) funding, schools’ capital, maintained nursery or 16-19 funding provision.
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