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Members of NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union across Swansea have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over adverse employer practices, threats to job security and the failure of Swansea Council to comply with existing collective agreements.
 
In the ballot 92% of members voted to support strike action and 96% voted to support action short of strike, based on a turnout of 59%.
 
NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:
 
“Our members in Swansea have taken an important and courageous step by voting for industrial action.
 
“They have made clear that their employer cannot bully, threaten and undermine teachers and expect to get away with it.
 
“If employers think that teachers’ contractual terms and collective agreements can be sidelined or ignored, then those protections aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. This vote for industrial action sends a clear message they cannot ride roughshod over established policies and procedures which are an essential part of teachers’ working conditions.”  

NASUWT National Official Wales Neil Butler said:

“Teachers should not face victimisation from their employer when they are doing their job.

“At a time of increasing behaviour problems in schools, teachers need to be confident that when they intervene to deal with incidents, their employer will also act appropriately and support them in keeping pupils safe.

“Whilst teachers are expected to follow the rules, Swansea Council has refused to do so, putting teachers and pupils at risk.

“This vote for industrial action by our members shows that NASUWT will not tolerate this abuse of teachers and, as the fighting union, we will always seek to protect them.”

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