NASUWT members at Wellsway School in Keynsham are angry over “unacceptable” working practices

NASUWT demoTeachers at Wellsway School in Keynsham today begin a six-day strike over the undermining of their working conditions and professionalism.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “The strike action is completely avoidable. We have made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through genuine negotiation, but the employer has failed to effectively address the serious concerns of members.

“The teachers at Wellsway are all dedicated and committed members of staff, who have no wish to cause disruption to pupils or to parents, but in the face of the employer’s intransigence have been left with no choice but to protest in this way.

“All that is needed to avoid this strike action is a genuine commitment to make positive progress to address teachers’ concerns. There have been meetings at which promises are made but significant change never materialises.

“The NASUWT stands ready to withdraw the strikes.”

NASUWT national executive member Wendy Exton said: “Teachers have no wish to disrupt pupils’ education, but as their employer has so far been unable to meet their reasonable demands they have been left with no choice but to take this strike action.

“As professionals they are entitled to have their concerns addressed. That is all it will take to avoid strike action.”


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