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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Furrowfield School in Gateshead will take the first of ten planned days of strike action tomorrow (Tuesday) over management bullying which is having an adverse impact on members’ health, safety and wellbeing.

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

Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The NASUWT has been attempting to work with the employer to address the concerns of members for the last year, but 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.

“The health and wellbeing of our members has deteriorated significantly as a result of the sustained culture of bullying and intimidation.

“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 District 1, which includes Gateshead, said:

“Our members just want the right to dignity at work and to be treated with respect.

“We have done everything possible to avoid taking strike action, but the employer has failed to act to safeguard staff and to address the unprofessional behaviour which is undermining our members’ wellbeing.

“The employer must act to address its duty of care to the teachers at Furrowfield and to uphold their right to a safe working environment.”

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