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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Furrowfield School in Gateshead are planning 15 days of strike action starting today (Tuesday 16 March) over adverse management practices, impacting on the health, safety and wellbeing of members.

Members at the school have been subjected to management practices which they believe are threatening, intimidatory and unprofessional, along with attempts to undermine their contractual entitlements.

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The NASUWT has been attempting to work with the employer to address the ‘adverse management practice’ issues at Furrowfield School since 2019.

“However, despite our efforts no meaningful actions have been taken to resolve the problem of unacceptable and threatening behaviour from management towards our members. Therefore, teachers have been left with no choice but to resort to strike action.

“We are calling on the employer to recognise the seriousness of the issues at the school and to commit to working with us to genuinely and tangibly address the concerns of members.”

John Hall, NASUWT National Executive Member for Gateshead, said:

“The NASUWT calls upon the employer to introduce immediately a ‘Dignity at Work Policy’, and to engage constructively with us following the ‘Work-related Stress Survey’ that was carried out in February/March 2020.

“The draft action plan is a good place to begin the negotiations for resolving the dispute.

“In the meantime, the NASUWT calls upon Gateshead local authority to set up a Steering Group to support the Governing Body in managing the school.”
 

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