Speaking at UNISON’s annual national conference today (Friday) in Brighton, shadow secretary of state for education Angela Rayner MP said:
“The work public sector workers do saves and transforms lives. In schools, for example, I know all too well how important the teachers are. But they could not do their jobs without support staff, like the teaching assistants. They are too often forgotten.
“As a trade unionist myself, I know that our public services are better when their staff have a collective voice. That is why I want to announce today that the Labour Party will bring back genuine national pay in education. Not just for the teachers but for other educators too. We will reinstate the School Support Staff Negotiating Body.
“And we will go further. National pay settlements will apply to every school that is funded through our National Education Service. There will be no more race to the bottom in our schools, and we will end the scandal of teaching assistants on the minimum wage.”
“So we will set out the education that people can expect throughout their lives. The contribution that society makes to them and that they can make to society.
“Knowledge belongs to the many, not the few. This is our historic purpose as a movement. Not just to be a voice for the voiceless. But to give them a voice of their own. That is the challenge we face. And that is the challenge we will meet, together.”
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