NUT members on strike at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Bristol in August 2014. Image courtesy of NUT South West NUT members at a sixth form college in Bristol are today on strike over an enforced change to their working hours – and have warned furth …

NUT members on strike at St Brendan's Sixth Form College, Bristol in August 2014. Image courtesy of NUT South West

NUT members on strike at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Bristol in August 2014. Image courtesy of NUT South West


NUT members at a sixth form college in Bristol are today on strike over an enforced change to their working hours – and have warned further action is on the way unless the head teacher agrees to talk with them, writes Tim Lezard.

Parents and students arriving at St Brendan’s will have to cross a picket line if they are to take part in the college’s registration day.

NUT regional secretary Andy Woolley said the union had attempted to resolve the dispute by entering into talks – the last of which took place at 8am on Friday, during the school holidays – but an offer to call off the strike if the head agreed to maintain the status quo during further talks was rejected out of hand.

He said: “Unfortunately my colleagues met with a complete refusal to reverse the planned changes. The strike demonstrates the strength of feeling amongst teaching staff at St. Brendan’s and our resolve to resist these unreasonable changes to our previous working practice.  The ballot we conducted recently also allows us to take further action in the coming weeks if matters cannot be resolved by further discussions.”

 


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