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Support staff drawn into fair pay fray

Thousands of teaching assistants and other school support staff were being asked this week if they would support strike action over the abolition of a new body dedicated to creating a fairer pay structure. About 200,000 members of Unison will receive consultative ballot papers asking them if they would support a strike or action short of a strike over the issue. The Government is abolishing the School Support Staff Negotiating Body, which was established under Labour to create a national pay structure for support staff.

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