Teachers at St Peter’s Collegiate School in Wolverhampton are due to begin the first of six days of strike action starting tomorrow (Thursday).

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 pay progression and payment of the 1% pay award.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“It is unacceptable that teachers who have already faced a 15% cut in their pay are now being denied even the 1% for public sector workers and having barriers placed in the way of any pay progression, depressing their pay even further.

“Teachers at the school are dedicated and committed and are being treated unfairly.

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

Paul Nesbitt, NASUWT National Executive Member for the West Midlands, 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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