UNISON holds ballot for industrial action among school staff
By an education worker and UNISON member in Coventry
The public sector union, UNISON, is currently holding a consultative ballot for industrial action among school support staff.
Three questions are being asked:
- Do you believe that government funding cuts are having a negative effect on jobs, workloads, stress, pay and terms and conditions in your schools?
- Do you believe that UNISON should continue to campaign on school funding for jobs, pay and terms and conditions?
- Would you be prepared to take industrial action to secure more money for jobs, pay and terms and conditions in schools?
Socialists in UNISON are calling for a Yes vote on all three questions. School funding has reached crisis levels, and support staff are now expected to cover classes and take on more and more work. Our children, our teachers and our support staff deserve better than this, and the “little extras” we were promised by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, aren’t going to cut it.
We also need to go further and demand that our union ballots for industrial action properly, and co-ordinates action with other unions representing school staff and teachers. Parents and students should also be involved in a movement to demand more funding for our schools – we were promised an end to austerity, let’s fight for it!