BIRMINGHAM TEACHERS TO STRIKE
Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, are holding a one day strike tomorrow (Wednesday) at Kings Norton Boys School in Birmingham.
The action has been called in response to the unfair selection of staff for redundancy. Despite extensive talks with the employer, the NASUWT’s constructive proposals for a solution have been rejected.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“We have made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through genuine negotiation, but deep concerns remain about the redundancy proposals.
“The teachers at Kings Norton Boys School are all dedicated and committed members of staff, who just want to offer the best education for the children and young people at the school.
“Job loss of teachers affects the provision of education and we hope parents and the public will understand this cannot simply be allowed to go ahead unchallenged. It is deeply regrettable that disruption will be caused to pupils and parents.
“The NASUWT is more than willing to continue negotiations and urges the school to engage seriously with us to resolve this issue.”
Anne Brimacombe, NASUWT National Executive Member for Birmingham, said:
“Teachers at Kings Norton Boys School are reluctant to strike, however the employer has not accepted the reasonable alternative solutions put forward by our members to avert strike action.
“NASUWT members have lost confidence in this process of selection of staff for redundancy.
“Given that 13 staff members are now leaving due to voluntary redundancy or securing other employment, and up to six new posts are likely to be advertised, there is clearly no need for further redundancy selection process at this stage.
“The NASUWT continues to remain committed to further negotiations to seek to resolve the issues.”