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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Light Hall School in Solihull will be taking the first of five planned days of strike action tomorrow (Tuesday 12 February).
 
This action is as a result of unfair pay and performance management practices and the adverse management culture in which they are expected to work which is impacting on teachers’ health and wellbeing.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Teachers at Light Hall have been placed in a position where they feel they have no alternative but to take strike action in order to secure their right to be treated with dignity at work.
 
“The NASUWT and our members have made every effort to seek to resolve the issues without recourse to industrial action. However, the Employer has failed to come forward with positive strategies.
 
“The NASUWT members are dedicated and committed teachers who care about the pupils they teach. 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.
 
“Further action can be avoided if the Employer commits to engaging genuinely with us to resolve these matters.”
 
Debbie Hayton, NASUWT National Executive Member for Solihull, said:
 
“The NASUWT members at Light Hall have not made the decision to strike lightly, but their patience has been exhausted.
 
“They apologise for any disruption to pupils and parents but hope they will understand how serious the situation is.
 
“They are striking for their right to be treated as skilled professionals and to be shown respect in the workplace.
 
“We urge the employer to recognise the strength of feeling among teachers at the school and to work with us to address the issues around pay and working practices.”

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