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SHEFFIELD CHILD CARE ASSISTANTS IN ALLOWANCES ROW

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Unison is claiming that mobile child care assistants have been told by Sheffield City Council that they will have t...
Unison is claiming that mobile child care assistants have been told by Sheffield City Council that they will have to take a cut in allowances.

Assistants who work for the education service have been told they are no longer classed as 'essential car users' and must take a cut in car allowances. But Unison says the workers cannot do their job without cars and the cut will mean they could be up to£700 a year worse off.

However, the Sheffield Star reports that education officers say they are bringing the assistants into line with conditions which other council staff had to accept in 1992 when budget cuts were made to avoid redundancies.

A Unison spokesman said: 'The mobile child care assistants have to travel between different schools seeing different children every day and have strict timetables to adhere to. They also cover for colleagues' holiday leave and sickness.'

But education personnel officer Jenny Bradley said the assistants were in no different a position from other education officers who had to travel around.

'The issue wasn't resolved in 1992 for this group and it was looked at again this year when the council brought in a reduction in mileage allowance for workers,' said Ms Bradley.

Unison said workers who failed to sign to accept the new conditions had been issued with contracts enforcing them.

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