Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Chepstow Comprehensive School in Monmouthshire have been left with no alternative other than to take the last of eight days of planned strike action today (Tuesday 17 July) over adverse management practices which are having a detrimental effect on the working conditions and welfare of members, after previously withdrawing six of the days of action.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“It is deeply regrettable that the progress which was being made, following the involvement of ACAS, to resolve the long-standing issues over the way in which Chepstow Comprehensive School is being managed has not been maintained.
“Teachers continue to feel undervalued, unsupported and disenfranchised from the decision making processes within the school.
“The NASUWT remains willing to continue to engage with the Monmouthshire authority and the governing body but the oppressive and punitive management practices must stop.”
Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:
“Despite reaching an ACAS facilitated agreement on establishing a school-based consultative committee, and deadlines for the provision of information to assist our members in the delivery of education for the pupils in their charge, the response for the school has been found wanting.
“The cultural change in management style needed to create an atmosphere of collegiality and cooperation in the school has not materialised, and our members have seen no discernible difference in the overarching management practices.
“Consequently, they have been left with no alternative other than to, once again, withdraw their labour in protest against the apparent reluctance the school to translate the agreements reached into acceptable practice in the workplace.”