Lisa Turnbull did not want to be a political campaigner but in 2015 her employer Labour-controlled Durham County Council told her and 2,700 of her fellow Teaching Assistants that their highly skilled work would be downgraded and their pay cut by 23%.
It’s only women’s work….
She says, “I just had to do something. I was so angry, and still am, but I have to stand up for what I believe in.“ 95% of the TAs are women, who work with children and, like many other groups of women workers – such as care workers, cleaners and catering staff – face managements who label their work as women’s work that is not skilled or valued. But over the last few years those women are fighting back in campaigns for cleaners, care workers and TAs.
Northern radical roots….
Lisa comes from a part of the country that had a dyed in…
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