On 1st January, it intends to rehire them all on a 25 per cent pay cut. It would then be paying its Teaching Assistants less than any other authority in the country.
The Independents and the Liberal Democrats voted against this, while a huge number of Labour members absented themselves.
Even those of us who grew up around such things can still be taken aback when we see the game played with quite that level of ruthlessness and cynicism.
In relatively recent decades, they have been paid in the holidays, because before that they used to sign on outside the school terms. They were entirely within their rights.
Cutting that rate of pay by 25 per cent, therefore, would take it below the national minimum wage.
As should you, if you are at all able.
Assemble by 8:30am in the Market Place.
Many Teaching Assistants will soon be paid less than the £12,000 that is the Chairman’s clothing allowance.
I have known him and several of the others for decades, by no means only through politics.