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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has offered talks to De Ferrers Academy in Burton to avoid strike action which is scheduled for Tuesday 9 July.
 
The strike action is over unacceptable employment practices which are adding to teachers’ workload and preventing teachers from focusing their time and energy on teaching and learning.
 
The NASUWT has proposed an interim agreement to allow time and space for talks with the aim of reaching agreement on employment practices to support teachers as highly skilled professionals. If this proposal is agreed, the strike action on 9 July will be withdrawn.
 
Despite the school rejecting the offer, the NASUWT wrote to the headteacher on Wednesday 26 June to make clear that the offer is still on the table and that the Union remains willing to lift the strike action.
 
Ms Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“The NASUWT will always stand up for the right of our members be to be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace and for them to have the working conditions to enable them to focus on meeting the learning needs of the pupils they teach.
 
“The NASUWT is always willing to engage in constructive negotiation, seeking to avoid taking strike action, but if the employer refuses to meet our reasonable requests then we will have no other option than to call our members out on strike on 9 July.
 
“We are confident that if the Employer was prepared to work with us and genuinely engage with us then a resolution to the issues can be found which is the best interests of all the staff and students at the school.”
 
Harold Gurden, NASUWT National Executive Member for Staffordshire, said:
 
‘I am waiting for the headteacher’s call.
 
“The NASUWT remains willing to talk to achieve acceptable working conditions for teachers at De Ferrers Academy.
 
“The reasonable agreement the Union has proposed would allow the strike action on 9 July to be called off and, if the Employer rejects this, then the responsibility rests with them as they will have opted for school closure in preference to negotiations.”

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