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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Moorside High School in Salford will be taking the first of five planned days of strike action tomorrow (Wednesday 31 October).
 
This action is as a result of the failure of the Employer to respond to the deep concerns of teachers at the school about unfair pay decisions and an adverse management culture in which they are expected to work which is impacting on their wellbeing and their working conditions.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“The teachers at Moorside are dedicated professionals who have deep concerns about the management culture in which they are expected to work which fails to treat them with dignity.
 
“Every effort has been made to seek to resolve the concerns without recourse to industrial action, but at each stage when it appears some progress has been made no tangible improvements occur.
 
“The NASUWT members care about the pupils they teach and the last thing they wanted to do was to take strike action. Unfortunately it appears this is the only way to ensure the Employer takes seriously their concerns about their pay and other working conditions. 
 
“Further action can be avoided if the Employer commits to engaging genuinely to make tangible improvements.
 
Rachel Knight, NASUWT National Executive Member for Greater Manchester, said:
 
“The NASUWT has made many attempts over a long period of time to resolve the serious issues around pay decisions taken last year, but the Employer has refused and only promised to improve their approach in future.
 
“Whilst the Employer has stated they will improve in the future, they cannot just seek to draw a veil over unfair decisions in the past and seek to move on.
 
“All we are asking for is for the Employer to right the wrongs on members’ pay and commit to an investigation of all the evidence presented regarding the adverse management practices at the school.”

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