GMB members angry at plans to make up to 16 of them redundant

Nuneaton AcademySchool support staff at Nuneaton Academy are to ballot for industrial action in a dispute over job losses.

GMB members, who earlier this year called off a protest after managers agreed to talk, are angry at plans to make up to 16 of them redundant.

GMB organiser Stuart Richards said: “GMB members have had the threat of large scale redundancies and other contractual changes hanging over them for over 6 months. Despite this, management has still not addressed our basic concerns and issues around the proposals.

“We still don’t know how the school will be able to support children with Special Educational Needs if staff are made redundant. Management have stated that there is a need to make financial savings, but we haven’t been provided with figures regarding this. Staff have not even been given job descriptions for all jobs in the proposed new structure. The one thing management has confirmed is that it will offer less favourable redundancy terms than other Warwickshire schools.

“Support staff at Nuneaton Academy are incredibly dedicated and give 100% to support the school and the children through some very difficult times. However, our members have been left incredibly angry and upset about how this process has been mismanaged. Support staff at the Nuneaton Academy deserve better and this is why we will now balloting for industrial action.”

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