GMB oppose plans by Bishop of Rochester Academy School in Medway to cut up to 54 support staff.
GMB intends to campaign locally with our members, parents, children and the public as well as local councillors, MP’s and the media, to have this shocking decision reversed.
GMB, the union for school support staff, is opposing the plan by the Head Teacher and Governing body of the Bishop Of Rochester Academy in Medway to dismiss nearly 60 support staff as it prepares to move into a £23 million new school building.
GMB has been told that the job losses are necessary due to falling student numbers, lack of funding from the local authority and the move to the new school building.
Frank Macklin, GMB regional organiser, said "The Head teacher said during a meeting that it is sad to see people losing their jobs, but they have to work with the budget they are given.
GMB ask why does the school need two vice principals and a top heavy structure? GMB also ask why GMB members, who are among the lowest paid school staff in the country, being sacked while those at the top get a pay increase at the expense of others?
GMB does not believe that now is the right time to make these big staff cuts at the school, as the school is about to move into a state of the art £23 million new building. GMB also believes that this will have a huge detrimental effect on the welfare of the students as they adjust to their new environment.
GMB has written to the school to ask for more financial information about the staff cuts and also written to Medway Council to get more information about the shortfall in funding. We have also written to the Bishop of Rochesterto ask that the diocese intervene in this process.
GMB members who work at this school are good hardworking people who deserve better from this employer given the years of excellent service they have provided the school and children.
GMB intends to campaign locally with our members, parents, children and the public as well as local councillors, MP’s and the media, to have this shocking decision reversed."
Contact: Frank Macklin, GMB 07983 326743 GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823