Durham County Council school support staff: update: Meeting Thursday 6 July

Date: 29.06.17
Voice is supporting members in County Durham affected by proposals to vary their terms and conditions


Information for Voice members:

Voice members in County Durham: contact Professional Officer Letitia McCalla (letitiamccalla@voicetheunion.org.uk) or Regional Offficer (Northern England) Kiara Clegg (kiaraclegg@voicetheunion.org.uk) for further information about the updates below.  

30 June 2017

Meeting for Voice members on revised offer from DCC: 6 July 2017

Durham County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UZ. Thursday 6 July 2017 at 5.00pm in Committee Room 2. 

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • give an overview of the revised offer;
  • answer any queries; and
  • canvas views on the current offer.

Please confirm if you are able to attend:  email letitiamccalla@voicetheunion.org.uk.

22 June 2017:

Update for members:

Voice wrote to Durham members to update them on the latest offer and other information from DCC.

8 December 2016

News Update

Following recent discussions with the trade unions, Durham County Council have decided to cancel the existing process of dismissal and re-engagement. 

The Council, in partnership with trade unions and headteachers, will undertake a review of teaching assistants' role, function, job description and activities undertaken to establish whether the current job descriptions adequately describe the current requirements of the role. 

This review is separate to that undertaken during the job evaluation exercise and the timescale for completion is 1 September 2017.

There will be no changes to terms and conditions until at least September 2017. As a result, the two year pay protection offer is now void.


October 2016

Update for Durham members

September  2016 

Update for Durham members (30 September 2016)

Updates for Voice members (8+14 September 2016)

23 May 2016 

Update for Durham members


5 May 2016 

Update for Durham members

Update: 29 March 2016

We would like to thank all Voice members who have returned the feedback form. The feedback provided was very useful and assisted us in our response to the consultation.

The consultation on the new proposals closed on 24 March 2016, and the next step is to wait for the outcome of the consultation.  We will update you as soon as there are any developments.

A protest is going to take place outside Durham County Hall on 8 April 2016 (8.00am-noon).

If you would like some Voice materials such as placards, please email victoriacope@voicetheunion.org.uk.  

March 2016

Update for Durham members

7 December 2015

Letter from Voice to Durham County Council

1 December 2015

Article in The Guardian (scroll down)

BBC article

Update: 23 November 2015 / 1 December 2015

Meeting for Voice members employed by Durham County Council: Tuesday 1 December 2015

5.00pm, Committee Room 2,    Durham County Hall, Durham

To confirm attendance, please call 01332 372 337 or email letitiamccalla@voicetheunion.org.uk or anwarali@voicetheunion.org.uk

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • help members understand the process;
  • answer any queries; and  
  • outline areas of concern to submit to Durham County Council.

An overview of the issues raised and advice given will also be sent to members who are unable to attend.

Update: 17 November 2015

Update for Voice members, 17 November 2015

Update: 9 November 2015  

Update for Voice members, 9 November 2015

Update: 25 October 2015

Update for Voice members, October 2015

Further information

Frequently asked questions compiled by Durham CC

Presentation: Job Evaluation  (pdf)

Brief Introduction to Single Status and Equal Pay (2015)

Equal Pay Claims



Professional Officer Anwar Ali                                                      Professional Officer Letitia McCalla
Email: anwarali@voicetheunion.org.uk                                      Email: letitiamccalla@voicetheunion.org.uk
Tel: 01332 372 337                                                                        Tel: 01332 372 337

Director or Legal and Member Services Deborah Simpson
Email: deborahsimpson@voicetheunion.org.uk   
Tel: 01332 372  337