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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at ACE Multi-Academy Trust, Plymouth will be taking the first of two planned days of strike action tomorrow (Tuesday) as a result of the failure of the employer to address members’ concerns over adverse management practices, including ineffective management of workload, lack of consultation over changes to working practices and failure to treat staff with dignity at work.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Teachers have a right to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace and to have working conditions which reflect their role as skilled professionals.
 
“The NASUWT has been forced into taking this strike action as a result of the continued failure of the employer to address the deep concerns of members about the way in which they are being managed and a culture in the school which is adversely affecting their ability to do their best for the pupils they teach.
 
“We urge the Employer to recognise the strength of feeling of teachers at school and to commit to working constructively with the NASUWT to resolve these issues swiftly.”
 
Nigel Williams, NASUWT National Executive Member for Devon, said:
 
“We have been negotiating for some time with the Employer over the issues relating to the treatment of staff and the lack of consultation on issues affecting their conditions of service and working practices. We have asked for trade union recognition, the establishment of a Joint Consultative Committee where issues can be discussed and negotiated and the publication a statement which will make clear that staff will be treated with dignity. However, the employer is refusing to make any commitments at this time to these reasonable requests.
 
“The NASUWT regrets any disruption caused by the strike action to pupils and parents, but this action could have been avoided if the employer had taken seriously our members’ concerns and taken effective action to address them.
 
“The NASUWT remains willing to continue to work constructively to resolve the issues, but expects tangible progress to be made.”

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