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Ballot Over School Job Losses

Thursday, May 16, 2013

GMB Members To Be Balloted For Strike Action In Leicester School Over Teaching Assistant Job Losses

Sack teaching assistants will be to the detriment of the children’s education and all the staff are rightly opposing it says GMB

GMB members employed as teaching assistants at Uplands Junior School in Highfields, Leicester are to be balloted on industrial action in a dispute over job losses. Unison members at the school are also being balloted on the same issue.

National Union of Teachers (NUT) members at the school voted last week to go on strike over proposals to axe eight teaching assistant posts at the end of the summer term.

The Head and governors at Uplands Junior want to cut the posts as part of a restructuring proposal.

Sian McClarence, GMB Regional Officer, said: "We are balloting members. The time table is yet to be agreed. We will be working alongside other trades unions in the school and will seek to agree a consistent approach with them.

If the issues in dispute can be resolved before we get to strike action that would be better."

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, added “GMB at national level strongly supports our members in this dispute.

We deplore the unjustified attempts by the maverick head teacher and chair of governors to sack teaching assistants. This will be to the detriment of the children’s education and all the staff are rightly opposing it.”

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Contact: Steve Barney, GMB Branch Secretary on 0116 223 2276 or Sian McClarence 07966 327972 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755/56.

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