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Greenwich School Strike Suspended

Friday, September 12, 2014

GMB Support Staff At Greenwich School Suspend Strike Action Due On Tuesday 16th September To Consider New Offer

Members are very clear that if the school's proposals do not meet their concerns then they will have no choice but to resume the dispute says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, has received an offer from Kidbrooke Park School to resolve the dispute which followed an imposed pay cut.  GMB members have agreed to suspend industrial action to allow further negotiations to take place and will make a decision on any offer early next week. See notes to editors for copy of previous press release.

Nick Day, GMB Regional Officer for Greenwich said “A day of industrial action had initially been called for Tuesday 16th September 2014 due a reduction of the support staff's wages which averaged £88 a month.  Members are clear that they cannot  afford such a cut or see the justification for the changes.

Our members have agreed to suspend industrial action to properly consider the new proposals by the school management.  However they are very clear that if the school's proposals do not meet their concerns then they will have no choice but to resume the dispute.

The members have shown they are not prepared to have their views ignored and are an example as to what can be achieved by standing together.  I hope the management now know that the GMB is fully on the side of its members."

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Contact: Nick Day 07717 510047 or 020 8397 8881 or Avril Chambers 07974 251766 or GMB press office 07921289880

Notes to editors

GMB press release of 10th September

GMB Strike At Kidbrooke Park School Greenwich In Dispute Over Pay Cuts On Tuesday 16th September

Members have already suffered years of below inflation pay rises and a local increment freeze and are now saying a £88 per month pay cut is cut too far says GMB

GMB school support staff at Kidbrooke Park School in Greenwich will be taking industrial action on Tuesday 16th September 2014 over unacceptable changes to terms and conditions that will leave members worse off by an average of £88 per month.

After negotiations to try to resolve the dispute failed GMB members will now be striking to stop changes that will dramatically impact on these hard working lower paid staff.

Nick Day, GMB officer, said “Following a Section 188 notice issued before the end of last term GMB members engaged constructively with the schools management over proposed changes to their terms and conditions.

Members are being told they must take an extra half an hours unpaid lunch break which will dramatically reduce their take home pay. These members have already suffered years of below inflation pay rises and a local increment freeze and are now saying enough is enough.

The school has left GMB members no choice but to regretfully take industrial action. Members are willing to engage with the school's management on a way forward but we have had no proposal from them that could even be considered.

GMB believes that there was no reason for the school to cut its support staff's wages like this. There has been no financial information submitted to us which states that the school is in any detrimental financial position.

We met with the school on Monday 8th September requesting that it drops its proposals and to keep the lunch break at half an hour. However there has been no movement whatsoever from the management to try and find a way forward so our members have no other option but to strike."

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