GMB Calls on ConDems to Pay School Support Staff the £250 Owed

9 May 2011

Michael Gove has powers to pay £250 rise to all in schools so while rise is good news for unqualified teachers, there is absolutely no excuse for withholding the rise from school support staff who are even lower paid says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, has written to Michael Gove Secretary of State for Education regarding the £250 he has authorised to be paid to unqualified teachers earning under £21,000 in line with government pay policy. (Copy of the letter below)

In the letter, GMB calls on Michael Gove Secretary of State for Education to pay the same £250 rise to other school workers who also earn less than £21,000 namely teaching assistants, school secretaries, dinner ladies, caretakers and other support staff.

GMB National Secretary Brian Strutton said “I’ve written to the Secretary of State on behalf of school support staff because they are entitled to £250 just as he has today authorised for unqualified teachers. This is what George Osborne promised the government would do for the lowest paid in the public sector but that promise has yet to be implemented for support staff in schools.

Michael Gove has the same powers to make this award for all staff in schools so while it is good news for unqualified teachers that they are going to get it there is absolutely no excuse for withholding it from school support staff who are even lower paid.”

Copy of GMB letter of 9th May 2011to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Secretary of State for Education
Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT

APPLYING GOVERNMENT PAY POLICY TO SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF

GMB members who work in schools as teaching assistants and other support staff will have noted that today you have authorised the payment of £250 to unqualified teachers earning less than £21,000.  You will recall that GMB and sister trade unions (Unison and Unite) have raised this same issue with you regarding support staff who earn under £21,000.  There can be absolutely no excuse for support staff being treated less favourably than other members of the school workforce.

You have the authority and the powers under the ASCL Act 2009 to award £250 to all school support staff and the amount was, as you know, already included in the schools budget.  For the sake of fairness and equality of treatment of the whole school workforce, I urge you now to do the decent thing and implement the government’s promised £250 for those earning less than £21,000 in our schools.

Yours sincerely

Brian Strutton
National Secretary