Members of the NASUWT – the teachers’ union are taking two days of strike action today and tomorrow at University Academy Keighley.
This action is as a result of the failure of the employer to respond to the deep concerns of teachers at the school about the culture in which they are expected to work which is having an adverse impact on their working conditions, their health and well-being.
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
“NASUWT members are dedicated and committed teachers who care about the pupils they teach. Taking strike action is the last thing they want to do but they have been left with no choice.
“Instead of being treated with professional respect in the workplace, we understand there has been bullying, intimidation and discrimination which is adversely affecting their health and wellbeing and undermining their work to provide the high standards of education to which the young people they teach are entitled.
“It is also our understanding that some teachers have been off work with stress and the level of staff turnover has increased.
“It is clear that there is something seriously wrong.
“Teachers, like all workers, have a right to be treated with dignity and fairness at work. The NASUWT has offered a way forward to the Employer which would have avoided strike action but regrettably this has not been actioned.
“The NASUWT stands ready to engage with the employer on these matters but tangible and urgent action by the employer will be needed if a positive outcome is to be achieved.”
Tim Toepritz, NASUWT National Executive Member for West Yorkshire, said:
“The teachers are devastated that it has come to this but they cannot continue to work in an environment where they do not feel respected and valued and their health and welfare appear to count for nothing.
“These teachers need their voices to be heard and the NASUWT is making sure that they are.”