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Rotherham School 2 Further Strike Days

Thursday, June 19, 2014

GMB Members Further Two Days Of Strike Action At Abbey Special School In Rotherham Over Jobs, Health & Safety And Pupil Behaviour

Union has requested further meeting on unresolved issues but staff regrettably cannot give assurances to pupils and parents that further disruption can be avoided says GMB

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. The first day of strike action took place on 9th June. See notes to editors for GMB press release of the 5th June for full details of the dispute.

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 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 “GMB have now contacted the Rotherham Cabinet Member responsible for schools requesting a meeting about the issues as the on-going discussions with Human Resources and the Management of Abbey have failed to resolve the issues.

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

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For Further information please 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

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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