Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Gwersyllt Community Primary School in Wrexham are taking the first of two planned days of strike action today and tomorrow (Tuesday 17 July and Wednesday 18 July) over potential restructuring, and associated redundancies and job losses.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Strike action is always a last resort for teachers and it is regrettable that NASUWT members feel they have no other option than to take this strike action in a bid to protect their jobs and the continued provision of high-quality education for pupils.
“Parents and the wider community should be left in no doubt that the NASUWT remains willing to engage with the employer to find a resolution to this dispute.
“Parents will also be rightly concerned about the impact of the proposals the NASUWT is challenging on their children and has been grateful for the support already expressed for the action NASUWT members are taking.
“The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward and avoid strike action, but there has been no serious attempt by the employer to address the concerns of teachers.”
Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:
“The NASUWT is clear that it will, with the support of members, stand up against the ongoing wave of teacher redundancies across Wales, which threaten the education of our children and young people.
“The situation at Gwersyllt Community Primary School is bizarre, as the school site is expanding and teacher recruitment is due to start in September because the school roll is increasing, yet two teachers have been selected for redundancy at the end of this term.
“In such circumstances there can be no justification for making existing staff redundant.
“The NASUWT understands, however, that the school budget may not have recovered from a lack of scrutiny and control by the Wrexham Authority over a number of years.
“If this is case, then the Wrexham Authority must step up to the plate to ensure that no member of the existing school workforce loses their livelihood because of the wrong-doing of others.”