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GMB Demo Rotherham Produces Results

Friday, June 27, 2014

GMB Demonstration In Rotherham Over Issues With Recruitment And Fears Over Health & Safety And Pupil Behaviour At Abbey School Has Produced Results

Members of GMB, the union for school support staff, participated in a fourth day of Strike Action today and Demonstrated at the Council Offices. Following the Demo GMB were invited to a meeting with Dorothy Smith, Director of Schools and Lifelong Learning.

Lee Simpson, GMB Branch Convenor, said “GMB have had a positive meeting with Dorothy and at last someone seems to be listening. A further meeting has been arranged between school management, the GMB and Dorothy Smith for 4th July and we are hoping that something positive comes from it.”

Following the positive meeting the staff have decided to postpone the next scheduled strike day which was due to take place on Wednesday 2nd of July stating that it would be their intention to strike on Wednesday 9th July if nothing positive comes from the proposed meeting.

Eric Batty, GMB Branch Secretary, said “GMB have now contacted all special schools in Rotherham and sent them a Freedom of Information Request to ascertain the number of recorded incidents” this follows the comments from Abbey’s Headteacher who has stated that staff concerns in respect of Abbey are the norm for all special schools in Rotherham.

It would be of great concern to the GMB and parents if as Abby’s Headteacher has stated the ‘the norm’ amounts to 100 incidents reported in 10 days."

GMB are planning a public demonstration in Rotherham Town Centre which will be postponed if the meeting on 4th July is productive.

The details of the demonstration are as follows:

                     From 10am Saturday 5th July

                     All Saints Square,

                     Rotherham Town Centre

Members of GMB will be present on the day with flags and banners. Parents and the public are urged to join the demonstration.

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Contact:

Lee Simpson GMB 01709 255424 – 07585795938 – lee.simpson@rotherham.gov.uk

Eric Batty GMB 01709 255955 – 07748 142610 – eric.batty@gmb.rotherham.gov.uk

Notes to editors

25th June 2014

GMB DEMONSTRATION IN ROTHERHAM OVER ISSUES WITH RECRUITMENT AND FEARS OVER HEALTH & SAFETY AND PUPIL BEHAVIOUR AT ABBEY SCHOOL

Members of GMB, the union for school support staff, participate in a fourth day of Strike Action to take place Friday 27th June 2014 at the School and a Demonstration at the Council Offices has been organised.  Staff continue to raise serious concerns over the behaviour of pupils, saying things are getting worse.

Lee Simpson, GMB Branch Convenor, said “Staff are reporting that over 100 incidents have been reported in the last 10 days. The staff have been left with no alternative but to continue to take strike action as the School are now refusing to take responsibility for the difficulties with pupil behaviour, resorting instead to blaming the staff for the poor behaviour displayed by pupils”.

Eric Batty, GMB Branch Secretary, said “The GMB have now contacted the Governing Body of the School and the three Local Councillors for the Keppel Ward requesting a meeting about the issues as the ongoing discussions with Human Resources and the Management of Abbey have failed to resolve the issues”.

The details of the demonstration are as follows:

                     From 9am Friday 27th June

                     Outside Rotherham Council offices,

                      Riverside House,

                      Main Street,

                      Rotherham S60 1AE

Members of GMB will be outside the council offices with flags and banners. Parents and the public are invited to join the demonstration.

GMB press release of 19th June

GMB MEMBERS DECIDE TO ESCALATE INDUSTRIAL ACTION AT ABBEY SPECIAL SCHOOL OVER ONGOING ISSUES WITH RECRUITMENT AND FEARS OVER HEALTH & SAFETY AND PUPIL BEHAVIOUR

Members of GMB, the union for school support staff, have reluctantly decided to take a third and fourth day of Strike Action to take place on Wednesday 25th & Friday 27th June 2014.  Staff continue to raise serious concerns over the behaviour of pupils, saying things are getting worse.

The School management and Local Authority Human Resources have stated that they are not wiling negotiate on the recruitment issues despite a viable alternative solution being put to them by the GMB to avoid industrial action.

Lee Simpson, GMB Branch Convenor, said “The staff have been left with no alternative but to continue to take strike action as the School are now refusing to take responsibility for the difficulties with pupil behaviour, resorting instead to blaming the staff for the poor behaviour displayed by pupils.

Eric Batty, GMB Branch Secretary, said “The GMB have now contacted the RMBC Cabinet Member responsible for schools requesting a meeting about the issues as the ongoing discussions with Human Resources and the Management of Abbey have failed to resolve the issues”.

At this point in time the GMB and staff regrettably cannot give assurances to pupils and parents that further disruption can be avoided.

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GMB press release of 5th June

GMB MEMBERS AT ROTHERHAM SCHOOL VOTE TO STRIKE OVER JOBS AND FEARS OVER HEALTH &

SAFETY AND PUPIL BEHAVIOUR

School management and Local Authority Human Resources Department have stated that they are

not wiling negotiate on the recruitment issues despite the false promises made says GMB

GMB, the union for school support staff, plan strike action at Abbey School in Rotherham on Monday

9th June. This follows a breakdown in talks over issues with the recruitment process which could

result in 4 possible redundancies and over serious concerns on Health & Safety and the behaviour of

pupils.

GMB members at Abbey School have voted unanimously to take strike action having decided that

enough is enough. After strike action on 9th June a further date planned and yet to be confirmed.

Eric Batty, GMB Branch Secretary, said “School management and Local Authority Human Resources

Department have stated that they are not wiling negotiate on the recruitment issues despite the

false promises made.

Children will be once again the victims if the strike goes ahead at Abbey special school. Despite

management stating that they have put in place several improvements which the GMB welcomes

and appreciates, the staff feel that it is not enough to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the

staff and pupils.”

Management were warned following the last restructure that such an upheaval would negatively

impact children at the school. School support staff and teachers who knew the children best were, in

significant numbers, left with no other alternative but to take redundancy. This has had a

detrimental impact on student’s emotional well?being and had contributed in part to the

behavioural issues in school.”

Lee Simpson, GMB Branch Convenor, added “The staff have been left with no alternative to strike

action as the school are stating that they have done enough and that things will improve with time.

Despite management saying they have a proactive hands?on approach, staff say that they do not do

enough.

Staff have raised issues with the deployment of Team?Teach principals in school saying that

restrictive physical intervention techniques are being used to quickly.

GMB is ready for negotiations to continue with the view to a possible agreement.”

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