STAFF at exam board AQA are to go ahead with a 72-hour walkout from today after their employer failed to reopen pay talks, according to the Unison union.
The industrial action by the workers, who include those who help organise the award of grades, could mean delays for students awaiting their GCSE and A-level results.
Staff pay increased by just 0.6 per cent last year and AQA has offered 3 per cent this year.
Unison pointed out that, with inflation at a 40-year high, the management’s offer represents another real-terms pay cut.
The workers have been warned that they could be sacked and rehired on inferior contracts if they do not accept the offer, the union said.
Unison north-west regional organiser Lizanne Devonport said: “Talks with AQA to improve this poor deal would be welcome. But there’s been radio silence.
“Staff don’t want to let young people down by taking strike action at such a crucial time.
“But workers have been left with no alternative after years of what have effectively been wage cuts.
“They shouldn’t be left to struggle to pay bills that are soaring as the cost-of-living crisis deepens.”
She called on AQA to “get back around the table.”