NASUWT general secretary says action could have been avoided if employer had listened to concerns

NASUWT demoTeachers at Harwich and Dovercourt High School in Essex today begin the second of six days’ strike action over changes to their  working conditions.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “The strike action at Harwich and Dovercourt High School could have been avoided.

“The teachers are all dedicated and committed members of staff but the failure to enter into genuine discussions to address real concerns has left them with no choice.

“The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through negotiation, but the employer has refused to listen to the concerns of teachers at the school.

“The NASUWT stands ready to withdraw the strikes if teachers concerns are taken seriously.”

Dan McCarthy, NASUWT National Executive Member for Essex, said: “These are dedicated professionals who have no wish to disrupt their pupils’ education and are absolutely committed to the children in their care.

“It is therefore regrettable that senior management at the school insist on trying to implement policies that have not been agreed by teachers and which will not enhance teaching and learning.”


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