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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, at St Ambrose High School in North Lanarkshire are taking the first of four planned days of strike action today over the failure of their employer to act appropriately to address the serious concerns which have been raised by teachers over the health and safety of the school campus. They are joining NASUWT members at neighbouring Buchanan High School, which shares the same site, who are currently in the middle of seven days of strike action over the same issues.
 
The NASUWT has been engaged with the Council to seek action to address the deep concerns of members, asking for a full site survey and early closure of the school site to enable this work to start.
 
Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“The NASUWT members at St Ambrose are joining the strike action as a result of the continued failure of North Lanarkshire Council to take action to address the deep concerns of the teachers at the school over health and safety, concerns which are shared by parents and the whole school community.
 
“The NASUWT is continuing to press the Council for an expert full site survey, including air, water, soil and tests on the fabric of the building to be carried out immediately, and for early closure of the schools on the site to remove the teachers and pupils from potential continuing harm and protect their health and safety.
 
“These asks are deliverable, reasonable and sensible  yet the Council has failed to act, insisting that it will wait until the results of the review being commissioned by the Scottish Government before considering whether further tests are necessary.
 
“Given the seriousness of the situation at Buchanan and St Ambrose and the level of anxiety among staff, pupils and parents, the NASUWT believes such a wait is unacceptable and that testing should begin immediately in order to provide answers to the staff, parents and the whole school community.”
 
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
 
“Until our members receive comprehensive assurances and answers to their concerns about the health and safety of the school site, the NASUWT will continue to fight on their behalf.
“We will continue to take all practical steps to protect their health and welfare, including further industrial action in the new academic year, unless effective action is taken by the Council to fulfil its responsibility to provide a safe working environment for our members.”

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