£250 Claim For School Staff

28 Feb 2011

GMB, the union for school support staff, has demanded that George Osborne and Michael Gove come clean and clarify whether they will honour their commitment to a pay rise of £250 promised to low paid school support staff. The money is already in school budgets so support staff want to know when they will get their pay rise says GMB

There are over 400,000 school support staff in England. These include kitchen and catering assistants, teaching assistants, secretaries, cooks, caretakers, bursars,  nursery nurses and early years specialists. Suport staff play a crucial role in supporting and contributing to the education and development of children as well as supporting teachers in the classroom.

GMB submitted a joint claim on behalf of support staff working in schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland for an increase of £250 from 1 April 2011. The money for the increase has already been set aside within the schools budget, so there is no excuse for not honouring the commitment.

The joint union claim submitted as members of the SSSNB (School Support Staff Negotiating Body) should be applicable to all school support staff earning under £21,000 a year. The unions have written to Mr P Ashmore OBE, Chair of the SSSNB asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the claim. The unions have also sent a copy of the letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education.

Brian Strutton, GMB national secretary said: “All we ask is that George Osborne and Michael Gove keep their promise to pay school support staff a £250 pay rise. The money is already in school budgets so support staff want to know when they will get their pay rise.”

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