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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Starbank School (Hob Moor Road site) in Birmingham will be taking the first of two planned days of strike action tomorrow (Thursday) as a result of the failure of the employer to address members’ concerns over poor pupil behaviour.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Strike action is a last resort for dedicated and committed teachers but there has been a failure by the Employer to take seriously their professional concerns over pupil indiscipline.
“Teachers are entitled to a safe working environment and employers have a legal duty of care for their employees.
“The NASUWT remains committed to engaging with the Employer to resolve this dispute and avoid further industrial action but the employer needs to take the concerns of the teachers seriously.”
Paul Nesbitt, NASUWT National Executive Member for the West Midlands, said:
“We have been negotiating for some time with the Employer over the issues relating to pupil behaviour and while new policies have been introduced by the school, sufficient practical steps have not been taken to ensure poor behaviour is addressed and that teachers are supported in maintaining good order in the classroom.
“The NASUWT regrets any disruption caused by the strike action to pupils and parents, but the lack of effective action by the employer means we have been left with little choice but to call this strike action.”


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