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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union are taking the first of five planned days of strike action today at Ysgol Bro Hyddgen in Machynlleth in protest against potential redundancies.
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
“NASUWT members at Ysgol Bro Hyddgen have not taken the decision to take strike action lightly. Staff have already had to endure numerous redundancies at the school over the last four years, reducing staff numbers considerably.
“Despite the adverse impact this has had on teachers’ workload, they have strived to ensure children’s education has not suffered as a result. However, they have reached a point, with further staff reductions on the horizon, where they have had to say enough is enough.
“Powys County Council has failed to honour its promises, made at the time the school was formed from a merger, that funding and jobs would be protected.
“The employer has failed to listen to our suggestions on how further redundancies and staff reductions can be avoided.
“NASUWT members feel they have no other option than to take this strike action in a bid to protect their jobs and the continued provision of high-quality education for pupils.”
Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official for Wales, said:
“The NASUWT is clear that it will, with the support of members, stand up against the ongoing wave of teacher redundancies across Wales, which threaten the education of our children and young people.
“Quality education cannot be provided by a shoestring workforce who are being asked to do more and more with fewer people and resources.
“We remain committed to working with the employer to find a resolution to this dispute which safeguards teachers’ jobs and which recognises that the workforce must be invested in and supported for pupils to be able to thrive and succeed.”


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