15 January 2014
Dukery Academy Members Take Action
On Thursday 9 January, Tuesday 14 January, Wednesday 15 January, Tuesday 21 January, Wednesday 22 January and Thursday 23 January NASUWT members at Dukeries Academy in Newark, Nottingham are taking escalated industrial action as a result of the Employer’s unacceptable response to the Union’s national action short of strike action.
Messages of support make a real difference to members and it would be helpful if you could send messages of solidarity and congratulations to the members for the strong stand they are taking on behalf of all members taking action short of strike action to:
firstname.lastname@example.org marked ‘Messages of support for Dukeries Academy members’.
Birchgrove Comprehensive School members set to take action
On Thursday 23 January, Wednesday 5 February, Thursday 6 February, Tuesday 18 February, Wednesday 19 February and Thursday 20 February NASUWT members at Birchgrove Comprehensive School in Swansea are taking escalated industrial action as a result of the Employer’s unacceptable response to the Union’s national action short of strike action.
Messages of support make a real difference to members and it would be helpful if you could send messages of solidarity and congratulations to the members for the strong stand they are taking on behalf of all members taking action short of strike action to email@example.com marked ‘Messages of support for Birchgrove Comprehensive School members’.
Teachers at a Rotherham special school are walking out on Thursday (Jan 16) in the start of rolling action against compulsory mass job losses.
NUT teachers’ union members at Abbey School in Kimberworth voted unanimously to strike after all 18 teachers were threatened with redundancy. Strikes wil take place over two days next week and three the week after.
A planned restructure introduced by a new executive headteacher – imposed from a neighbouring secondary school – also threatens six teaching assistants in the GMB union which is considering action. Staff are being forced to apply for their own jobs.
Teachers at the school are united in their determination to stop the upheaval this restructure will cause. “The children we teach deserve better than this,” said teacher Pat McLaughlin.
“We have many years’ experience teaching students in special schools, as well as specialist training, and that will be lost.”
Much of the new leadership of the school will not be required to have experience of education of children with special educational needs. Advertisements for some of the new senior posts have already appeared on the Rotherham Borough Council web site indicating that special school experience is not essential.
Fred Sprague, Divisional Secretary of the Rotherham Association of the National Union of Teachers, said: “These are dedicated teachers who educate and care for pupils with very complex and specific needs. Sadly, Rotherham Council and the present interim management of the school seem willing to sack many dedicated professionals and throw a school judged by Ofted as good into chaos.”
Further strike action is due to take place at a city college tomorrow.
Teachers belonging to Leicester’s branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at Gateway Community College, in Hamilton, are striking over a new lesson observation policy introduced by management.
About 60 teachers walked out on Tuesday, causing disruption to lessons. The same number are expected to take action today. Teaching staff are observed in lessons in all schools and colleges at least once a year and with prior notice.
NUT leaders said Gateway managers want to give them only a morning’s notice and have unlimited numbers of lesson observations.
Negotiations with college principal, Suzanne Overton-Edwards have been continuing since September.
However, no resolution has yet been found and the new policy is viewed as “excessive”.