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Single status blues - any positive stories?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by dagnabit, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. dagnabit

    dagnabit New commenter

    The atmosphere in our school is awful at the moment because of this single status rubbish. We have some very experienced TAs who are fantastic at their jobs and make the school the fab place to work that is used to be. Now most of them are set to lose £100 a week from their wages, and the only course of action open to them is either suck it up or vote with their feet. I feel quite tearful when I come home as we are all so close and feel powerless to help them. The thought of teaching next year with the TAs quite justifiably adhering to their terms and conditions fills me with dread - the atmosphere is going to get a lot worse. Now it looks like the learning mentor who was supposed to be leaving as the funding for this post had ran out, is actually getting kept on in the same role. It does not take a genius to work out where the wages for that are coming from. Have any of you TAs out there beaten single status somehow? Won appeals? Had the whole idea thrown out? I am looking for any positives. I would look for another job but suspect that the other schools in area will be just as demoralised as ours. [​IMG]
  2. When we had single status some years ago Teaching Assistants across the city all got pay rises. Some council employees lost out but as I recall they did not lose pay immediately but had their pay frozen for five years.
    Were TAs in your area paid term time only or did they have all year contracts? Is that perhaps the reason for the huge drop in pay?
    What are the Trade Unions saying?
  3. dagnabit

    dagnabit New commenter

    The unions have been useless. The TAs have been put on the same band as bus escorts. There has been no consideration taken of the raft of jobs these girls do on a daily basis, and despite petitions and rallies there has been no movement by the LA. They were paid through the holidays but their wages were shared out over the year to pay for it if you know what I mean. They failed their final appeals although county only listened to a few people from each job family countywide - the rest were given failure notices without getting to actually speak to anyone about their evidence.

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