Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi in Ceredigion, Wales, are taking the first of six planned days of strike action today (Tuesday) over adverse management practices and other working practices which are creating a climate of fear and intimidation.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“The NASUWT is deeply disappointed to have been forced into taking this action today.
“The Union has met with representatives from Ceredigion County Council and the discussions were constructive. However, there is still no tangible evidence that there is the will to make significant changes at the school following amendments to the employer’s own investigations which seem to focus on threatening those who have had the courage to raise their concerns with breach of the EWC Code of Conduct.
“The NASUWT stands ready to work with Ceredigion County Council and governors at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi to create a working environment based on mutual professional trust and respect where staff are treated with dignity.”
Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:
“NASUWT members at the school, past and present, contacted the Union last October and disclosed information on unacceptable management practices in the school, including punitive and excessive monitoring and unreasonable workload.
“The NASUWT ballot for industrial action shows that the overwhelming majority of NASUWT members believe that there is a climate of fear and intimidation in the school and are willing to make a stand to secure change.
“The NASUWT is committed to protecting its members wherever they teach from unacceptable management practices and that is why we are taking action today.
“Whilst we deeply regret the disruption to pupils and parents, the action will continue until we are convinced that both the local authority and the governors are committed to changing the culture in the school.
“Teachers are professionals who should be enabled to work in a spirit of collegiality and cooperation, feeling they are valued and their professional opinions are respected.
“The NASUWT remains willing to engage with the employer to work towards this objective.”