I need some advice as I am working currently in a school as a learning support assistant. I started at the same time as two other girls and I was appalled to find out that they are on longer contracts than me - theirs finish at the end of August and mine finishes when the next term of school finishes, at the beginning of July. Therefore, they get paid for the summer holidays, and I won't, and we are doing the same amount of work overall. People can be on different length contracts but I don't think this is a normal case because we have the same number of working days. They get basically more holiday.
I asked my bosses about it and they said it was to do with the decision to hire me coming after the other two girls first. The thing is since the school is an academy and pay roll is organised by the 'trust,' rather than the school itself, I'll need to go through them (on the advice of one of my colleagues). I have now contacted the PA of the head of the trust, and now am waiting to hear back from her.
I've been advised to join a union but I'm not sure which one to join.
I'd also like to add that I am one of two employed BME staff at the school and I am on the lowest salary in the school. The school also has an issue with institutional racism and I am part of a team headed by an external group of BME women from the local council to combat it in the school.