TEACHERS TAKE STRIKE ACTION TO DEFEND WORKING CONDITIONS

NASUWT: North Yorkshire Federation
The Largest Teachers’ Union in North Yorkshire

Chris Head, North Yorkshire Federation Secretary for NASUWT, reports on the strike call at Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft.

30 September 2014

TEACHERS TAKE STRIKE ACTION TO DEFEND WORKING CONDITIONS

Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, will hold the first of six days of strike action tomorrow (1 October) at Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft.

The action has been called as a result of the employer’s failure to agree acceptable arrangements on teachers’ working conditions, specifically its attempts to impose an unacceptable pay policy on staff.

“The strike action at Benjamin Britten High School is completely avoidable.

“No teacher wishes to take strike action. They are all dedicated and committed members of staff but they have been left with no choice.

“The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through negotiation, but the employer has refused to listen to the concerns of teachers at the school or meet with their trade union representatives.

“These strikes can be avoided if there is a commitment by the employer to engage in genuine negotiation and to take seriously the concerns of teachers, particularly with regard to the school’s pay policy.

“The NASUWT stands ready to meet to resolve this dispute.”

Dan McCarthy, NASUWT National Executive Member for Suffolk, said:

“These are dedicated professionals working in circumstances which are sometimes difficult and challenging. They are absolutely committed to the children in their care.

“It is therefore regrettable that senior management at the school insist on trying to implement a pay policy that has not been agreed by teachers or their trade union representatives.”

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