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First strike in 30 years for West Dunbartonshire teachers fighting cuts

Issue No. 2485

Secondary school teachers at Labour-run West Dunbartonshire Council in Scotland were set to strike on Tuesday of next week. They are fighting over a restructure of management positions in five secondary schools.

The action will be the first such strike in 30 years.

The council proposals, part of £600,000 cuts, have sparked a revolt as they will remove some deputy head teachers, and cut principal teachers and pastoral care staff.

The EIS union fears the council’s cost-cutting will increase workloads, which are already unbearable.

Nearly 90 percent of EIS union members voted to strike on a 61 percent turnout. Teachers were set to follow up the walkout with a work to rule.

Meanwhile, in a consultative ballot, Scottish secondary teachers in the EIS have voted by 93 percent for industrial action over excessive workloads due to a new qualifications system. The turnout was 46 percent.

An EIS executive meeting early this month could announce a formal ballot for strikes.

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Tech City teachers could strike again

NUT union members at Tech City College in north London could hold further walkouts in a dispute over pay and conditions.

The workers held two strikes last month after voting unanimously for strikes. But school bosses have failed to reach an agreement with workers.

Workers say they face “limitless observations” and are being unfairly blamed for problems. Teachers also say that four workers have been “unfairly” denied pay progression.

The Aspirations Academies Trust runs the free school, which was formerly STEM 6.

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Strike vote at Trinity academy in Somerset

Teachers at a school in Somerset have voted for strikes over claims of bullying and harassment.

The NUT union also has concerns about workloads, maternity rights and lack of support for newly-qualified teachers at the Academy of Trinity School. The Dove Family Trust runs the school.

A Freedom of Information request by the NUT found that 20 teachers have left the school in the past three years. The NUT said a further three have left since the request was made, including two who were sacked after they took out a grievance.

Talks break down at Listerdale school in Rotherham

Teachers at Listerdale Primary School in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, could stage more strikes after talks with bosses broke down last month.

The NUT union members have already taken five days of strikes. They are in dispute with the school’s ruling Children’s Academy Trust over the suspension of head teacher Craig Roberts.

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