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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Connah’s Quay High School in Flintshire are taking the first of six planned days of strike action today (Thursday) over adverse management practices which are having a detrimental effect on the working conditions and welfare of members.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The NASUWT is disappointed to have been forced into taking this action today, particularly after the first day of strike action had been withdrawn, following positive discussions with representatives of the school governing body and the Flintshire authority that led to the establishment of a joint consultative committee at school level.

“The NASUWT had expected the first meeting of that committee to have resulted in further progress being made, which would have negated the need for today’s action.

“Regrettably, this did not prove to be the case as the will to create a working environment based on mutual professional trust and respect where staff are treated with dignity was sadly lacking in some quarters.”

Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:

“Our members responded positively to the progress that had been made between the NASUWT, the Governors and the Local Authority but have been stunned by the failure of the school management to recognise and acknowledge the problems that exist within the school.

“Their hopes for an improvement in the working practices which are being visited on them have been dashed.

“Command and control management has no place in our schools. Collegiality and cooperation must be the order of the day, if staff are to feel valued and that their professional opinions will be respected.

“The NASUWT remains willing to engage with the Employer to work towards this objective.”

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