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Rotherham School Strike On Monday 9th June

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

GMB Members At Rotherham School Strike  Monday 9th June 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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Contact: Lee Simpson GMB 01709 255424 or 07585 795938 or Eric Batty GMB 01709 255955 or  07748 142610 GMB Press Office 077974 251 823 or 07921 289 880

 

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