Teachers at the De La Salle School in St Helens who are members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, will today (Thursday) be taking the first day of six days of strike action as a result of the failure of the Employer to meet their contractual obligations to teaching staff at the school.


The Employer is withholding a payment to which certain teachers have a statutory entitlement. Talks under the auspices of ACAS have failed to make any progress as the Employer refuses to make the payment.


Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:


“We deeply regret that this strike action has been necessary.


“It is extraordinary that any Employer would prefer to face strike action rather than pay teachers the relatively small amount to which they are entitled.


“Teachers very much regret the disruption caused to pupils and parents.


“I hope that the Employer will recognise the importance of resolving this matter quickly so that further action can be avoided.”


Mick Burrows, NASUWT National Executive Member for Merseyside, said:


“It was very disappointing that having spent hours in ACAS talks, the Employer simply refused to move on a very straightforward matter.


“There was no need for the Employer to ever be in this position if they had simply paid teachers in accordance with their statutory entitlements.”


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