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Nuneaton School Support Staff Strikes

Monday, April 20, 2015

GMB Nuneaton School Support Staff Strike On 21 And 22 April After 96% Vote For Action Over Job Losses And Changes To Conditions

Members are angry and upset that the fundamental issues they have with the Academy’s proposals have still not been addressed after 9 months says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff at the Nuneaton Academy will take strike action on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd April in a long running dispute over job losses and contractual changes.

The strike is from 12 noon to 2.30pm on Tuesday and then again on Wednesday 7am - 10am outside school.

The Labour parliamentary candidate for Nuneaton, Victoria Fowler will be in attendance around 2pm on Tuesday 21st April to support these GMB school support staff.

GMB members voted by over 96% in favour of taking industrial action as there has been no progress in talks to resolve the dispute. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release on the dispute dated 20th March 2015.

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

Stuart Richards, GMB Organiser, said “That over 96% of GMB members have voted to strike gives an indication of the strength of feeling at the Academy.

Nuneaton Academy support staff are incredibly dedicated and have continued to give 100% to support the school and the children through some very difficult times.

However these staff are angry and upset that the fundamental issues they have with the Academy’s proposals have still not been addressed after 9 months.

Members feel their lives have been ‘on hold’ with this threat hanging over their heads for more than nine months. They have cancelled holidays, had to re-think house moves and many have been off work with stress and related illness.

Members at the Academy feel that they have been left with no alternative, but to take industrial action.

Members also welcome support from Victoria Fowler the Labour Party parliamentary candidate for Nuneaton.”

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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

GMB press release dated 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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