Friday, 8 April 2011

UNISON's view on Education and Children's Services

The new education bill has confirmed the abolition of the Schools Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB). Unions and local government employers are meeting at the end of February to discuss how to take forward work from the SSSNB. There is a consultation with branches on the direction of the campaign. This sets out the background of the SSSNB, the Government’s decision to abolish it and asks questions on the way forward. In Higher Education there are going to be huge cuts of around 6 per cent and further work will be done on that. There is a also a big campaign around Careers/Connexions where there are going to be massive job losses. In Scotland it was reported that there are major threats to jobs of classroom assistants and suggestions of a move to a four day week for schools.

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