GMB Welcome Labour Commitment To Reinstate National Pay Body For 500,000 School Support Staff
This body is to design consistent support staff roles and pay structures in all schools in place of the current shambolic and inefficient 'leave it to each school' approach says GMB.
GMB, the union for school support staff, welcome the commitment from Tristram Hunt MP, Labour Party Shadow Education Secretary, that a future Labour Government will restore the School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB) which was scrapped by the Tory/Liberal Government in 2010.
Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services speaking from the Labour Conference in Manchester, said "There are 500,000 teaching assistants, caretakers, secretaries, lunchtime supervisors, dinner ladies and many others in support roles in schools who are as vital to the running of schools and children's development as teachers yet rarely get a mention.
GMB is delighted that Tristram Hunt singled out these hidden professionals for special praise and promised that Labour would reinstate the School Support Staff Negotiating Body.
The SSSNB was set up by the last Labour Government in 2009 to design consistent support staff roles and pay structures in all schools in place of the shambolic and inefficient 'leave it to each school' approach that had existed before and cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds in equal pay settlements.
Only a year later the coalition government closed the SSSNB down. This was a callous move that consigned this largely female, part-time workforce to exploitation and low pay.
Research shows that properly deployed school support staff have a strongly positive effect on children's education and well being and this needs to be encouraged and reflected through pay structures that support their professionalism.
GMB was instrumental in establishing the SSSNB the first time round. We look forward to working with Labour to reinstate it after the next election."
Contact: Brian Strutton 07860 606137 or Avril Chambers 07974 251766 or GMB Press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880