Birmingham schools affected by strike action over equal pay

Credit: GMB Union

Thirty-five Birmingham schools will be affected by strike action as workers stop work due to a delay in equal pay.

Support workers in thirty-five Birmingham schools will participate in strike action during SATS exam weeks, scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, with approximately 1500 workers expected to join.

Including teaching assistants, catering staff, and grounds maintenance workers, the strike action is a response to delays by Birmingham City Council in addressing equal pay claims filed by female workers at the authority.

Alice Reynolds, GMB organiser, said: “Birmingham’s equal pay crisis only ends when council bosses hand back the wages they have stolen from women workers. Our members mean business. They won’t be forced to pay for a crisis they didn’t create and they’re not willing to accept more broken promises. Taking strike action is always a last resort, but these workers have been pushed to the brink”.

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