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Nuneaton Academy Strike Ballot

Friday, March 20, 2015

GMB Ballot For Industrial Action At Nuneaton Academy In Dispute Over Support Staff Job Losses

Members have been left incredibly angry and upset about how this process has been mismanaged says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, has today served notice on the Midlands Academy Trust for a ballot for industrial action at the Nuneaton Academy in a dispute over job losses.

The Nuneaton Academy’s current proposals include making up 16 support staff redundant. These include Teaching Assistants, Learning Mentors, Admin and other roles.

Earlier this year GMB called off a protest planned for Monday 12th January as the school managers agree to last ditch talks to avert the dispute. See notes to editors for copy of previous GMB press releases on the dispute.

Stuart Richards, GMB Organiser, said, “GMB members have had the threat of large scale redundancies and other contractual changes hanging over them for over 6 months. Despite this, management has still not addressed our basic concerns and issues around the proposals.

We still don't know how the school will be able to support children with Special Educational Needs if staff are made redundant. Management have stated that there is a need to make financial savings, but we haven't been provided with figures regarding this. Staff have not even been given job descriptions for all jobs in the proposed new structure. The one thing management has confirmed is that it will offer less favourable redundancy terms than other Warwickshire schools.

Support staff at Nuneaton Academy are incredibly dedicated and give 100% to support the school and the children through some very difficult times. However, our members have been left incredibly angry and upset about how this process has been mismanaged. Support staff at the Nuneaton Academy deserve better and this is why we will now balloting for industrial action.”

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Contact: Stuart Richards, GMB Organiser on 07957265774 or Samantha Jones, Media/Researcher on 0121 550 4888 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Copies of previous GMB press releases

GMB press release dated 9th January 2015

GMB CALL OFF PLANNED PROTEST AS NUNEATON ACADEMY AGREE LAST DITCH TALKS ON 13TH JAN TO AVERT DISPUTE OVER SUPPORT STAFF JOB LOSSES

We will see how far we get with these talks and will be consulting with members about the next steps following the meeting says GMB

GMB, the union for school support staff,  have agreed to  call off a protest planned for Monday 12th January at Nuneaton Academy as the school managers agree to last ditch talks to avert a in a dispute over redundancies of support staff at the school. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release on the dispute issued on 7th Jan 2015.

The dispute loomed because Nuneaton Academy refused to meet GMB to discuss plans to restructure support staff working at the school. The plans highlighted that a significant number of staff would be made redundant and other staff would be forced to accept contractual changes. 

The Academy’s sponsor and management at the school have now agreed to meet with representatives from GMB to try and resolve the dispute. This meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th January.

Stuart Richards, GMB Regional Organiser, said “We have a lot of serious concerns regarding the Academy’s proposals and welcome the opportunity to sit down with the Academy’s management to try and resolve these.

We will see how far we get with these talks and will be consulting with GMB members about the next steps following the meeting.”

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GMB press release dated 7th Jan 2015:

GMB DEMONSTRATION ON MONDAY 12 JAN OUTSIDE NUNEATON ACADEMY OVER SUPPORT STAFF REDUNDANCY PROPOSALS

Union has little alternative but to inform the Academy that we are in dispute and we will be consulting members about potential action says GMB

GMB, the union for school support staff, will hold a demonstration outside Nuneaton Academy on Monday 12th January over proposals involving redundancies of support staff at the school.

At the start of November 2014, management at Nuneaton Academy announced plans to restructure support staff working at the school. These proposals highlighted that a significant number of staff would be made redundant and other staff would be forced to accept contractual changes. 

The details of the protest are as follows:

9am to 9.30am Monday 12 Jan,

Outside Nuneaton Academy

Radnor Drive,

Nuneaton,

Warwickshire CV10 7PD

Management will be presented with ‘ASBO’ for refusing to meet GMB to discuss this attack on school support staff.

Stuart Richards, GMB Organiser, said “As the trade union representing school support staff, GMB has contacted the school on a number of occasions and have raised serious concerns about the proposals.

Despite this, the Academy’s management has so far refused to meet with GMB to discuss this.

GMB has stated that we want to work with the Academy to try and find a mutually acceptable way forward. To help with this, we’ve asked that the school does not continue consulting with our members on the proposals until we’ve had a chance to talk this through. Again, the Academy’s management has ignored us.

Support staff at Nuneaton Academy are incredibly dedicated and have given 100% to support the school through some very difficult times. They deserve to be treated better than this.

Unfortunately, we’ve been left with little alternative and have now informed the Academy that we are in dispute. We will be consulting with our members over the next couple of weeks about potential action.

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