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Members of the NASUWT - The Teachers’ Union at Llanwern High school in Newport are taking the first of three planned days of strike action on Thursday (16 January) over staff restructuring and potential job loss.
  
Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT, said:
 
“The NASUWT does not believe that this restructuring is necessary and is concerned that redundancies will not only leave teachers without their livelihoods, but will also undermine the provision of high-quality education for pupils.

“The Union is clear that redundancies can be avoided and that the forthcoming introducing of major reforms to the curriculum should make the retention of skilled, experienced and dedicated teachers even more important to the School.

“We have made every effort to work with the Employer to try to resolve this dispute and we regret any disruption to pupils or parents, but members cannot stand by while their jobs are being placed in jeopardy.”
 
Jane Setchfield, NASUWT National Executive Member for South East Wales, said:
 
“Our members should not be experiencing the distress and anxiety of not knowing what the future holds for them and their families. The means of avoiding these redundancies remains available to the Employer.

“The NASUWT continues to remain committed to further negotiations but the Employer must commit to protecting the livelihoods of our members rather than continuing to place their jobs in jeopardy.

“We urge the Employer to work with us to find an alternative way forward which safeguards teachers’ jobs and upholds the provision of quality education for all pupils at the school.”

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