Teachers at The John Fisher School in Purley began five days of strike action starting today.

The teachers are members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, and the action has been called as a result of the failure of the Employer to engage genuinely to resolve the concerns of teachers over unacceptable working practices and pay progression.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The NASUWT always endeavours to resolve issues through genuine dialogue.

“We have made every effort to secure an agreed way forward, but there has been no serious attempt by the employer to address the concerns of teachers.

“The teachers at John Fisher are all dedicated and committed members of staff who want professional working conditions to support them in their work to do the best for the pupils they teach.

“They deeply regret any disruption to pupils and parents today and hope that the employer will work with them to fully address their concerns so that further strike action can be avoided.”

Alison Morgan, NASUWT National Executive Member for Sutton, said:

“The strike action could have been avoided and further action still could if the employer was committed to fully resolving the issues of concern.

“Teachers’ goodwill and patience has been exhausted waiting for these issues to be addressed.

“The NASUWT stands ready to find a negotiated solution to the issues of concern.”

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