GMB members on strike in long-running dispute over jobs and contractual changes

Nuneaton AcademySchool support staff at the Nuneaton Academy are today on strike in a long-running dispute over job losses and contractual changes.

GMB members voted by over 96% in favour of taking industrial action as there has been no progress in talks to resolve the dispute.

At the start of November 2014, management at Nuneaton Academy announced plans to restructure support staff working at the school. These proposals highlighted that a significant number of staff would be made redundant and other staff would be forced to accept contractual changes.  The Nuneaton Academy’s current proposals include making up 16 support staff redundant. These include teaching assistants, learning mentors, admin and other roles.

GMB organiser Stuart Richards said: “The fact that over 96% of GMB members have voted to strike gives an indication of the strength of feeling at the Academy.

“Nuneaton Academy support staff are incredibly dedicated and have continued to give 100% to support the school and the children through some very difficult times.

“However these staff are really angry and upset that the fundamental issues they have with the Academy’s proposals have still not been addressed after 7 months.

“Our members at the Academy feel that they have been left with no alternative, but to take industrial action.”

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