NASUWT members unhappy at changes to their working conditions

NASUWT demoTeachers at Harwich and Dovercourt High School in Harwich today begin three days’ strike action.

The NASUWT members are unhappy at management practices which, they say, impact on their  working conditions and practices.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “It is regrettable that we are now having to proceed with strike action. Following discussions last week we believed some progress was being made to resolve the dispute and avoid further strikes.

“However, documents have now been circulated by the school which do not reflect the agreement we considered had been reached. Therefore, we have no alternative but to proceed with the planned strike action.

“We remain willing to withdraw the strike action should the employer agree to further discussions and we can reach a position where agreements reached are confirmed. I know parents and pupils will be disappointed with this development. Teachers have no wish to disrupt lessons but their concerns must be addressed.”

NASUWT executive member Dan McCarthy said: “It is deeply disappointing for members that they have no alternative but to take further strike action.

“If the employer agrees to honour commitments made in discussions, further strike action can be avoided.

“All we are asking for is fair and reasonable working practices.”

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