Staff at exam board AQA will strike on A-Level results day as part of a five-day walkout over pay.
The 180 workers, including those who would normally take calls from schools, are protesting wages rising by just 0.6 per cent last year, union Unison has said.
The exam board has strongly denied that the strike will affect the thousands of students who’ll be trying to contact the customer services team on results day.
AQA offered staff a pay rise of 3 per cent, but with inflation hitting 9.4 per cent and the Bank of England predicted it to reach 13 per cent by the autumn, Unison said staff have been left with “no choice but to escalate their action”.
“Disrupting A-Level results day is not a decision anyone has taken lightly,” Unison north west regional manager Vicky Knight said. “However, AQA staff have been treated appallingly and only bold action will get their employer to the table.
“AQA must come up with a serious offer to prevent any further disruption.”