TAMESIDE TEACHERS TO STRIKE
Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, at New Charter Academy in Ashton-Under-Lyne will take the first of five planned days of strike action tomorrow (Tuesday).
The strike is the result of the failure of the employer to genuinely engage to resolve the concerns of teachers over unacceptable management practices and to take steps to address the excessive workload of members.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Teachers at the school have serious concerns about the way in which they are being managed and the excessive workloads they are being expected to manage, all of which directly affects the quality of education they are able to deliver to pupils.
“The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward and avoid strike action, but there has been no serious attempt by the employer to address the concerns of teachers over these issues.
“The teachers at New Charter 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 the strike action will cause pupils and parents and hope that the employer will work with them to fully address their concerns so that further strike action can be avoided.”
Dave Kitchen, NASUWT National Executive Member for Tameside, said:
“The NASUWT remains committed to seeking to resolve the issues under dispute, but will always act to support members where they feel their health and wellbeing is being damaged.
“Further strike action can be avoided if the employer genuinely commits to working with the NASUWT to fully address these issues and support teachers to be able to do their best for pupils.”