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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, will be taking strike action today (Tuesday) at Sir Thomas Picton and Tasker Milward schools in Pembrokeshire in protest against potential redundancy arising out of the amalgamation of the two schools.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of NASUWT, said:
 
“Strike action is always a last resort for teachers. Today’s action could have been avoided, but the Union’s offer of further engagement to try to reach an agreement was turned down by the Pembrokeshire Authority and the school governors at the end of last week.
 
“The NASUWT initially made the reasonable and pragmatic suggestion that there should be a three year no compulsory redundancy agreement, in line with the salary safeguarding period, but that had been rejected. By way of compromise, the Union offered to reduce the period of the no compulsory redundancy agreement to two years, with continued dialogue on this and other related matters.
 
“If that offer had been accepted, today’s strike action would have not been necessary. In fact the Union would have called off the action had the Authority and the governors agreed to meet with the NASUWT this week to continue the negotiations, but even that reasonable suggestion has been rejected.
 
“Faced with such blatant intransigence and such an unreasonable response the teachers have been left with no other option.”
 
Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official for Wales, said:
 
“In letters to parents last week, from the Chair of Governors of each school, it was claimed that the Pembrokeshire Authority and the temporary governing body of the newly formed school, which is due to open in September, would ‘continue to work with the NASUWT to resolve this dispute’.
 
“It is difficult to reconcile that claim with the rejection of the offer that was put to the Authority and governors at the end of last week.
 
“Regrettably, this amalgamation has been fraught with difficulties, inconsistencies and broken agreements over staffing matters.
 
“Parents and the wider community should be left in no doubt that today’s strike action could have been avoided if there had been a willingness on the part of the Pembrokeshire Authority and the governors to return to the negotiating table this week.”

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