GREENWICH TEACHERS ON STRIKE
Teachers at John Roan School in Maze Hill began the first of three planned days of strike action 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.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“The Employer is seeking to force through major changes to the school timetable and to increase class sizes. These moves will drive up teacher workload to an unacceptable level and undermine the quality of education for pupils.
“The NASUWT has 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 over these issues.
“The teachers at John Roan 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.”
Chris Holland, NASUWT National Executive Member for Greenwich, 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.”