UNISON to organise ballot in academy schools

UNISON is set to ballot members working in academy schools on industrial action over pay.

The union's local government NJC committee took the decision to ballot members who work in academies that are subject to national joint council pay awards at a meeting in late July.

The ballot will open on 10th September and close on 24th September.

UNISON head of education and children's services Jon Richards said: "We have found a way to deal with the legal issues that stopped us balloting academy members in the first round, and we aim to include as many academies as possible in the next round of strike action on 14 October.

"All our members in schools have suffered as this government has deliberately held down wages. We need to show the employers that we won't take low pay any longer."

There will be some multi-academy trusts that have moved away from national NJC bargaining and so won't be covered by this strike, but UNISON is going to be pressing them to make a decent pay offer to their staff.

Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow @SomersetUNISON and @unisontweets on Twitter for the latest updates.

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