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Rotherham School Demo 9th December

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

GMB And NUT Demonstration In Rotherham On Monday 9th December Over Restructuring And Redundancies At Abbey School

Almost every teacher as well as a number of support staff will be made redundant and such an upheaval will negatively impact children at the school says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are holding a demonstration in Rotherham on 9th December over far reaching restructuring and redundancy proposals at Abbey School, a special school in Rotherham, early next year.

Both GMB and NUT consider that the consultation with staff, which ends next week, has been a sham. Jobs in the school have already been advertised.

The union has called the demonstration because the school and local authority refuse to negotiate with unions about the proposals.

The details of the demonstration are as follows:

From 4 pm Monday 9th December,

Outside Rotherham Council offices,

Riverside House,

Main Street,

Rotherham S60 1AE

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

Tim Roache, GMB Regional Secretary, said “Children of Abbey School will be the victims if a massive planned restructure takes place at the special school early next year. It is possible that almost every teacher in the school as well as a number of school support staff will be made redundant if the plans go ahead.

Such an upheaval will negatively impact children at the school. School support staff and teachers who know the children best will, in significant numbers, be made redundant. This can only have a detrimental impact on students’ learning and emotional well-being.”

Pat McLaughlin a teacher said “Many of these children are very vulnerable. I dread to think about the potential results of these changes.”

Fred Sprague, Divisional Secretary of the Rotherham Association of NUT, said: “Rotherham Council and the present interim management of the school seem willing to allow a school judged good by Ofsted in its most recent report be plunged into chaos. It has made a judgement to attempt to sack teachers and to effectively completely change the ethos of the school.”


For further information contact GMB on 01709 255955 or Fred Sprague NUT on 07847 648 846 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880, 07974 251 823

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