by Tim Lezard Teachers at Swinton High School in Salford today begin a five-day strike over working practices. NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “The strike action is completely avoidable. The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed …

NASUWT demoby Tim Lezard

Teachers at Swinton High School in Salford today begin a five-day strike over working practices.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “The strike action is completely avoidable. The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through negotiation, but serious concerns about bureaucratic and workload intensive policies, which are diverting teachers from focusing on the needs of their students and which are undermining their professionalism, remain.

“Our members are all dedicated and committed members of staff, but they have been left with no choice but to make this strong protest.

“All that is needed to avoid this strike action is a commitment by the employer to genuine negotiation with the NASUWT and to address the concerns of teachers.

“We stand ready to avert the strike action.”

Karen Hopwood, NASUWT National Executive Member for Greater Manchester, said: “Teachers have no wish to disrupt pupils’ education but have been left with no choice.

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

 


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