Socialist Worker

Fresh strikes for West Dunbartonshire teachers

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2497

EIS union members on the picket lines

EIS union members on the picket lines (Pic: EIS )

Teachers in West Dunbartonshire, near Glasgow, were set to walk out on Wednesday and Thursday this week. They are fighting against a restructuring of management positions in five secondary schools.

The fresh walkouts follow a two to one rejection of the Labour-run council’s latest offer to end the dispute.

The dispute centres around planned cuts of over £600,000 that will see faculties introduced in schools and cuts to principal teacher posts.

West Dunbartonshire EIS teachers’ union says the union was given verbal assurances by council management that indicated “a continuity of specialist principal teachers in subject departments”.

A planned strike was suspended to ballot members on a new offer on this basis.

But West Dunbartonshire EIS said, “Many teachers were angry at this suspension because they did not trust management to hold good on their promises.

“This turned out to be correct as management’s ‘final’ offer not only omitted these assurances but replaced them with their original demands around faculties.”

The union said this “deception” has only fuelled anger among teachers.

It has also called a further two-day walkout for 26 and 27 April and warned bosses it will keep fighting.

EIS said, “If we get to May without a resolution and the council seeks to impose its new structure, elected members need to understand that this campaign will continue through until the end of this session and on into the next school year.”

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