(From UNISON website)
Support staff make up around 50% of all employees in Cardiff Schools.
Like teachers, they work term time and take their holidays during the school holidays. Unlike teachers, many don’t get paid for the full year.
School support staff are not in ‘part time’ jobs – so how is justified that they get part time pay?
WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR:
* Equality for all school staff and an end to term time only pay, which means;
* Paid 52 week contracts
* Fair pension entitlement
* Full week = full time status
* A maximised number of paid hours and weeks
* Tackling low and unequal pay and achieving proper levels of reward and career opportunities.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT US ?
This is a new campaign but already we are building popular levels of support in Cardiff and nationally within UNISON. On top of organised general meetings for all school members, over 60 UNISON members are now signed up as contacts in their school to receive regular information. The campaign is being co-ordinated by UNISON officers, the UNISON Cardiff schools convenor, stewards and school support staff members who make up a campaign steering committee.
SOME COMMENTS FROM UNISON'S PETITION:
"Schools work as teams. All staff contracts should be on similar terms and conditions. 52-week contracts for teachers should mean the same for all support staff. That comes from a teacher. The inequality must stop now!"
"Second class employees First class workers"
"Equality for all"
"I have worked for 20 years in the school but my pension is worked out as 13 years due to being paid for 38 weeks instead of 52."
"Under valued and under paid!"
"Term time workers are just as important as the rest so stop treating them like their not. Equality for all workers now."
"This system discriminates against people ( mainly women) who make a valuable contribution to our children's education, and hence our society. They should be paid in the same way as teachers who they work alongside every day.UNISON is working to end this unequal treatment."