NASUWT members in Derby take action over “unnecessary burdens”

NASUWTNASUWT members at Merrill Academy in Derby today being six day’s strike action over what they call “unacceptable” working practices which are placing unnecessary burdens on teachers and undermining their professionalism.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “This strike action is completely avoidable. We have made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through genuine negotiation, but teachers’ have been faced with a dogged refusal to address their concerns.

“Like teachers across the country the teachers at Merrill 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 commitment to genuine discussions to seek to reach agreement on how teachers’ concerns can be addressed.”

NASUWT executive member Keith Muncey 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.”

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