Now that Unison’s called off the Durham teaching assistants dispute by accepting a deal that means a pay cut for 472 TAs, (see here for more analysis from the Communist Workers’ Organisation), it’s hard to say what, if anything, comes next. But it does seem clear that some TAs are refusing to lie down and let the other 472 be sold out, and they’re calling for people to assemble in Durham on October 26th. If you’re anywhere in the North-East area, and free on that day, I’d really recommend trying to get down then, since this is a crucial turning point for one of the most inspirational and determined struggles happening in the UK right now, and those TAs who are resisting Unison’s attempt to demobilise them deserve our full support.
In the words of the TA who’s called the event:
“After a highly emotional week I’ve been asked about the possibility of a solidarity stand to show support for the 472 who are sadly still losing financially..and for each other
Bring your placards if you like.we all have different messages we want to get out there..in particular to the press and public to counteract the articles stating ‘overjoyed’ and ‘victory’
Its no victory until everyone is sorted..and sorted fairly
Come along and show your support.