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Abbey School Members Vote Unanimously for Stike Action

Abbey School Members Vote Unanimously for Stike Action

Abbey School Rotherham17th June 2014

GMB MEMBERS TAKE SECOND DAY OF STRIKE ACTION OVER FURTHER ISSUES WITH RECRUITMENT AND FEARS OVER HEALTH & SAFETY AND PUPIL BEHAVIOUR AT ABBEY SCHOOL

 

 

Following a unanimous ballot by GMB, the union for school support staff, members at Abbey have decided that enough is enough.

 

Members have decided to take a second day of Strike Action to take place on Wednesday 18th June 2014 following a breakdown in talks over issues with the recruitment process and pupil behaviour which has resulted in 2 members of staff being issued notice of redundancy so far.

 

The School management and Local Authority Human Resources have stated that they are not wiling negotiate on the recruitment issues despite a satisfactory solution being put to them by the GMB to avoid industrial action.

 

In the face of a satisfactory solution, management seem to have put in place further barriers.

 

Members are still raising serious concerns over the behaviour of pupils, with staff saying things are getting worse.

 

Eric Batty, GMB Branch Secretary, said “The staff feel like they are fighting a losing battle, instead of Management supporting staff they are now blaming the staff themselves for the behavioural issues.”

 

“Management were warned following the last restructure that such an upheaval would negatively impact children at the school. School support staff and teachers who knew the children best were, in significant numbers, left with no other alternative but to take redundancy. This has had a detrimental impact on students emotional well-being and had contributed in part to the behavioural issues in school.”

 

Lee Simpson, GMB Branch Convenor, said “ the staff have been left with no alternative to again take strike action as the School are stating that they have done enough and  that things will improve with time. Despite management saying they have a proactive hands on approach, staff say that they do not do enough.”

 

“Staff have raised issues with the deployment of Team-Teach principals in school saying that  Restrictive Physical Intervention Techniques are being used to quickly.”

GMB and staff unfortunately cannot give assurances to pupils and parents that further disruption can be avoided. Further dates of action are yet to be confirmed.

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6th June 2014

 

GMB Members at Rotherham School Strike Monday 9th June Over Jobs and Fears Over Health & Safety and Pupil Behaviour.

School management and the Local Authority Human Resources Department have stated that they are not willing negotiate on the recruitment issues despite the false promises made, says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, plan strike action at Abbey School in Rotherham on Monday 9th June. This follows a breakdown in talks over issues with the recruitment process which could result in four possible redundancies and over serious concerns on Health & Safety and the behaviour of pupils.

GMB members at Abbey School have voted unanimously to take strike action having decided that enough is enough. After strike action on 9th June, a further date planned and is yet to be confirmed.

Eric Batty, GMB Branch Secretary, said “School management and the Local Authority Human Resources Department have stated that they are not willing negotiate on the recruitment issues despite the false promises made.

Children will be once again the victims if the strike goes ahead at Abbey Special School. Despite management stating that they have put in place several improvements which the GMB welcomes and appreciates, the staff feel that it is not enough to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the staff and pupils.

Management were warned following the last restructure that such an upheaval would negatively impact children at the school. School support staff and teachers who knew the children best were, in significant numbers, left with no other alternative but to take redundancy. This has had a detrimental impact on students emotional well-being and has contributed in part to the behavioural issues in school.”

Lee Simpson, GMB Branch Convenor, added “The staff have been left with no alternative to take strike action, as the school are stating that they have done enough and that things will improve with time. Despite management saying they have a proactive hands-on approach, staff say that they do not do enough.

Staff have raised issues with the deployment of Team-Teach principals in school saying that restrictive physical intervention techniques are being used to quickly.

GMB is ready for negotiations to continue with the view to a possible agreement.”

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