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A hotline set by the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union for members in Glasgow has been operating for a week and has received dozens of recorded messages and text messages from teachers sharing their experiences of bullying and harassment of staff in Glasgow schools.
 
Teachers contacting the hotline report feeling intimidated, belittled and harassed in the workplace, with many complaining of little support being given to them, particularly when they report incidents of  pupil indiscipline.
 
Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT, said:
 
“We opened the hotline in response to concerns raised by members in Glasgow over the abuse of their contractual rights over cover and reports of intimidating and bullying behaviour towards staff.
 
“The response so far from teachers shows that our concerns were well founded and the hotline has exposed a number of serious issues, in particular the lack of support for teachers in managing pupil behaviour and the lack of respect for them as skilled professionals.
 
“Teachers should not face threats and intimidation when they are simply trying to stand up for their basic workplace rights and when they are trying to maintain good order and high standards of pupil behaviour.
 
“Given the response to the hotline we will keep it open for a while longer. The hotline has also given many teachers the confidence to come forward and raise their concerns and also to know that their concerns are shared by others
 
“The Union has already given notice of strike action in two schools where members standing up for their contractual rights have been subject to bullying and intimidation.  The NASUWT will not hesitate, with the support of members, to take action to challenge unacceptable practices.  Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work and to feel safe in their workplace.
 
“Our representations to the Education Directorate for a change of attitude and culture will continue.”
 
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
 
“The response so far from members to the hotline indicates the deep level of frustration and anger of teachers in Glasgow over how they are being treated.
 
“Glasgow City Council needs to start listening to the voices of teachers and demonstrate that it values and respects its workforce and recognises and appreciates the vital work they do for the children and young people of the city.”

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