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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School in Bridgend will be taking the first of four planned days of strike action tomorrow (Wednesday) over adverse management practices relating to the detrimental and inappropriate treatment of members which is impacting on their health and welfare.

Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT, said:

“The NASUWT members at Archbishop McGrath regret any disruption this strike action causes to pupils or parents, but they have been left with no choice other than to take this action due to the repeated failure of the Employer to take seriously their concerns about the way in which they are being managed.

“Members have reported extremely high levels of work-related stress and anxiety as a result of unrealistic expectations and unreasonable deadlines being imposed on them. When they have attempted to discuss this with the Employer their concerns have been dismissed.

“The NASUWT has repeatedly attempted to work with the Employer to find a resolution to the dispute, but the concerns of members remain unaddressed.

“We hope that the Employer will recognise the need to take its duty of care to its employees seriously so that further strike action can be avoided.”

Mark Morris, NASUWT National Executive for South East Wales, said:

“The NASUWT members at Archbishop McGrath want a safe, supportive and respectful working environment. At the moment that cannot be guaranteed.

“We will continue to be in discussions with the Employer to try to avoid further disruption, but we need the Employer to wake up to the reality of the situation in the school.”

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