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Unions for TA's

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by TorTakers, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. TorTakers

    TorTakers New commenter


    I'm an HLTA at a private primary school. Our teachers are currently battling the governor's about TPS and have got their unions involved. It's made me think that as we don't have an HR department maybe I need to look into joining a union.

    Are there any that you would recommend for TA's?

  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Hi Tortakers, you definitely need to join a union. Everyone working in a school should be a member. There are several out there, GMB and Unison probably the biggest. I don't think there's much to choose between them; I always advise people to find out which one the majority of the TAs at their school belong to and go for that. If there's a problem that affects the group, it's always easier if you are all in the same union and have the same rep.
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  3. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Just noticed that you are at a private school - I don't know if that makes any difference to which union you can join. Talk to the other TAs and contact unions to find out.
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  4. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    TAs in schools I know are overwhelmingly in Unison, a few in GMB. But as sunshineneeded has recommended, find out what other TAs are in and consider that union that has the majority of your school's TAs.

    You said "It's made me think that as we don't have an HR department maybe I need to look into joining a union" but if I may say so one doesn't follow from the other, you seem to be suggesting that if you had an HR department you wouldn't need to join a union. Not so! Be in a union not only for when your contracts of employment are under threat but also in case safeguarding allegations are made against you.
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  5. TorTakers

    TorTakers New commenter

    Thank you for your suggestions, none of the other TA's are part of a union so I'd be the first.

    We also have a new (first time) head who is making some decisions and acting in a way I may want to seek some clarification/support. This is another reason for joining a union.
    sunshineneeded likes this.

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