NASUWT: North Yorkshire Federation
The Largest Teachers’ Union in North Yorkshire
Chris Head, North Yorkshire Federation Secretary for NASUWT, comments on the NASUWT strike action in Bath
BATH TEACHERS TO STRIKE
Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, will hold the first of six days of strike action starting on Wednesday 11 March at Wellsway School in Keynsham.
The action has been called as a result of the employer’s unacceptable working practices which are undermining teachers’ working conditions and professionalism.
“The strike action is completely avoidable.
The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through genuine negotiation, but the employer has failed to effectively address the serious concerns of members.
The teachers at Wellsway are all dedicated and committed members of staff, who have no wish to cause disruption to pupils or to parents, but in the face of the employer’s intransigence have been left with no choice but to protest in this way.
All that is needed to avoid this strike action is a genuine commitment to make positive progress to address teachers’ concerns. There have been meetings at which promises are made but significant change never materialises.
The NASUWT stands ready to withdraw the strikes.”
Wendy Exton, NASUWT National Executive Member for Bristol, said:
“Teachers have no wish to disrupt pupils’ education, but as their employer has so far been unable to meet their reasonable demands they have been left with no choice but to take this strike action.
As professionals they are entitled to have their concerns addressed.
That is all it will take to avoid strike action.”