Non teaching staff in schools are already some of the lowest paid and are frequently the first to pay the price of cuts to schools funding. The recent Budget did nothing to ease the difficulties schools in Plymouth have balancing their books, despite the money for “little extras” , but that is no excuse for the decision by two local Multi Academy Trusts, PLYM, and Connect to break from national pay bargaining.
Apparently the very modest two year pay deal that was agreed is too much of a challenge to school budgets and so they would like to transfer that problem onto the families of some low paid classroom and mealtime assistants by offering a below inflation deal with minimal consultation with staff and trade unions.
UNISON is appalled that local MATs who gave assurances that they had no intention of introducing local bargaining for staff wages when they transferred out of local authority control would make such a move. We are seeking dialogue and hope to avoid any strife, but if these schools want local bargaining they may potentially have to deal with local action by union members too.