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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Clayfields House Secure Unit in Nottingham are taking the first of seven planned days of strike action today (Thursday) over adverse management practices, including the failure to deal with pupil behaviour which is affecting the health, safety and wellbeing of members.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“We have been seeking to work with the employer for over a year to address the issues of concern of members in relation to their health and safety and their working conditions. However, the employer has not fully addressed all of their concerns despite having more than enough time to do so.

“Every teacher should have the right to work in safety and to feel safe in their place of work; however the employer is failing in its duty of care to staff.

“The employer must now commit to working constructively with us to address these matters and to bring this dispute to an end for the good of both staff and pupils.”

Anne Thompson, NASUWT National Executive Member for Nottingham, said:

“This strike action is a last resort and the NASUWT provided the employer with a further opportunity to act in withdrawing two previous days of strike action which were planned. This was done in good faith in the hope that the concerns of members could be addressed, but members feel that nothing has improved. 

“The NASUWT urges the employer to take the actions necessary to protect the safety and welfare of staff and resolve this dispute.

“Members have been extremely patient with the employer and have suggested reasonable measures which would help to ensure their safety and address poor pupil behaviour.

“They now need to see concrete actions and a change of approach from the employer which demonstrates that their welfare is being taken seriously.”


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