Proposals aimed at ending a long-running dispute with teaching assistants in Durham could mean more than three quarters of the staff being given a pay rise.
The proposed settlement, arrived at by a joint council and union board set up after a series of strikes last year, could also mean one in five of the staff facing a pay cut after two years.
Councillors are due to approve the plan this week which will involve new pay grades following a review of roles and responsibilities.
Unions representing the staff are expected to ballot their members on whether to accept it.
The council’s corporate director of resources John Hewitt, said: ‘The outcome of this work is that the vast majority of teaching assistants will see an improvement in their financial position.
‘No-one has had their pay reduced at this stage and the proposals will ensure that no teaching assistant will see any reduction during the two-year compensation period if they work the hours offered.
‘We also recognise that there will still be some TAs who may see a reduction once that two year compensatory period is over, and we will therefore continue to work with the unions with a real focus on this group.
‘Together we will look at a wide range of workforce development options to see if we can provide some further opportunities for career progression.’