taff at examination board AQA are to stage a 72-hour walkout that would have an effect on the supply of 1000’s of GCSE and A-level outcomes, Unison introduced on Friday.
Union members will stroll out for 3 days, from Friday July 29 to Sunday July 3 and Unison warned industrial motion is prone to escalate except talks are reopened.
Most of the workers concerned say they’re struggling to make ends meet following successive below-inflation pay awards, Unison stated.
The union stated workers got a rise of 0.6% final 12 months, with 3% supplied this 12 months although AQA insist workers had been really supplied 5.6%.
Unison official Lizanne Devonport stated the employees have been left with “no different possibility” however to strike.
“Pay has been falling behind costs for years and three% isn’t a wage rise, with prices spiralling it’s a pay minimize,” she stated.
“Issues are so unhealthy workers are concern ful they may now not be capable of make ends meet.
“Staff solely strike as a final resort. They’d reasonably be doing the roles that they’re happy with. They don’t wish to disrupt college students and understand how vital examination outcomes are to them.”
An AQA spokesperson stated: “Our precedence is at all times to ensure college students get the outcomes they deserve on time – and we now have sturdy plans in place to ensure any strike motion gained’t have an effect on that. It’s a disgrace that Unison is claiming in any other case, as that is improper and solely serves needlessly to alarm college students and lecturers.
“We’re giving our individuals a pay rise that’s inexpensive and better than many organisations, so it’s disappointing that Unison has determined to take strike motion. The overwhelming majority of our workers don’t assist a strike, as solely round 5% of our workforce and nicely beneath half of Unison’s personal members voted for it.
“Certainly, almost 9 out of ten of our workers have already opted in to our new pay framework and agreed to the pay rise, together with many Unison members, so it’s arduous to see what this strike is making an attempt to realize.”
That is the most recent in a protracted line of business unrest this 12 months which has seen staff on the railways and the legislation courts strike whereas professions from instructing to midwifery are additionally onsidering industrial motion.