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Teachers who are members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union will take strike action as planned today (Tuesday), following the dismissal of East Dunbartonshire Council’s eleventh hour challenge to secure an interim interdict in the Court of Sessions to seek to prevent the action.
 
In the hearing, held on 26th March to consider the petition, which had only been notified to the NASUWT at 2pm on Friday 23rd March, the Judge dismissed every point of challenge the Council made and awarded the Union its costs.
 
The strike action in three schools, Kirkintilloch High School, Lenzie Academy and Bearsden Academy will now go ahead.
 
The strike action is the first in the NASUWT’s plans to target councils across Scotland who fail to act to support teachers to improve their workload and working conditions.
 
Ms Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“Whilst the Government must take responsibility for the year-on-year deterioration in teachers’ pay and conditions, there are actions that employers have the power to take locally to address some of the concerns raised by teachers and alleviate some of the pressures on them.
 
“It is disappointing that we have been forced to take action in East Dunbartonshire, but having attempted to engage in constructive discussions to work together on these issues, regrettably the Council changed its position and instead of confirming it would work with us on the issues we had raised, would only commit to them informing local discussions.
 
“By the Council’s own admission, these discussions have been going on for years.
 
“Endless meetings that fail to produce outcomes which make a tangible difference to teachers’ working lives to enable them to do their best for pupils are pointless.  
 
“Instead of wasting public money challenging the NASUWT’s lawful action, the Council’s time and resources would have been better spent working with us to implement real improvements in teachers’ working conditions and avoiding strike action.
 
“It has underestimated badly the depth of teachers’ anger and frustration.
 
“Other employers should take note. Teachers’ patience and goodwill is exhausted and legal challenges only make a bad situation worse.”

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