ATL Durham TA members vote to reject council deal

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Press release
11 July 2017 by ATL Media Office
Durham teaching assistant members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have rejected a proposed agreement from Durham County Council, after a long running dispute over loss of salary which would result in a move to term-time only contracts.

In the consultative ballot, which ran from 26 June until 10 July, the results were: Yes to accept: 41%; No to reject: 56%; Turnout: 74%. ATL has a total of 215 support staff members in Durham.

ATL will now notify Durham County Council of the ballot result. We understand that Unison members have also rejected the offer and hope that this paves the way for new proposals which are acceptable for all staff. ATL members will meet with officials later this week to discuss the next steps.

Ken Smith, Regional Official for ATL, said “ATL members have shown that they are not prepared to accept this poor offer from Durham County Council. We will now do all we can to support those members affected and will be approaching Unison with a view to pursuing a joint way forward.”

The campaign can be followed on Twitter #ValueUs and @TAs_Durham. Follow ATL’s activity in Durham on Twitter @ATLnorthern and @ATLunion


Note to editors:

  • The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, further and higher education colleges and universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice, and to work with government and employers to defend its members’ pay, conditions and career development.
  • ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.
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