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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Chepstow Comprehensive School in Monmouthshire are taking the first of eight planned days of strike action today (Tuesday) 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 action being taken at Chepstow Comprehensive School is in protest over the repeated failure of the governing body to effectively address long-standing issues over the way in which the school is being managed.
 
“The NASUWT had recently sought to resolve the on-going situation through a collective grievance, but was forced to withdraw from the process when it became apparent that the governing body was going to treat the concerns as individual grievances rather than accepting that there was collective issue at the school.
 
“Teachers have a right to work in an atmosphere of mutual professional trust and respect and to be treated with dignity. That culture is sadly lacking at Chepstow Comprehensive School.”
 
Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:
 
“Our members have had enough of the punitive management practices which have become part of the culture at Chepstow Comprehensive School.
 
“They feel undervalued, unsupported and disenfranchised from the decision making processes within the school.
 
“It is not acceptable for teachers to work in a climate of fear and there needs to be a return to a management approach based on collegiality and cooperation.
 
“The NASUWT remains willing to engage with the Employer to work towards this objective.”

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