Schools in Cumbria have faced real term cuts of £10.9 million since 2015 with 82% of schools being affected.
The Government has agreed £400 million for little extras, for one year only and £350 million for SEND, over 2 years, but these aren’t long term. The NHS has been given an increase of £20 billion a year. Our schools need investment and long term funding and our children deserve this.
UNISON’s survey, undertaken in 2018, showed 76% of support staff have been subject to staff restructures. Over a quarter of staff work more than 6 unpaid hours every week and 20% have suffered absence due to work related stress issues in the last 5 years.
UNISON has written, lobbied and campaigned for investment and we are now faced with no other option than to ballot our members asking if they believe government funding cuts are having a negative effect on job security, workloads, pay, and terms and conditions.
Other teaching unions including ASCL, NAHT and NEU are also consulting their members.
UNISON will be balloting members electronically between Tuesday, 22 January and Tuesday, 5 March.
A large turnout is essential if the action is to be acted upon. Please vote as soon as you receive your ballot.
Please ensure you and your colleagues have provided UNISON with a valid email address to ensure you are eligible to vote. Contact the branch on email@example.com with your details.
If your colleagues would like to vote but are not currently a UNISON Member please contact the Branch or direct them to our website and join today!