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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union will be taking strike action today at Tonyrefail School, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, in protest against potential redundancies.
 
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“The NASUWT would like to assure parents that the Union has done all it can to seek to avoid strike action, but I am sure that every parent recognises the importance of protecting the jobs of teachers at the school.
 
“It is deeply regrettable that neither the council nor the school governing body took steps to ensure that the rebuilding and refurbishing of the Tonyrefail secondary school and bringing the Tonyrefail primary school onto same site to create a 3 to 18 school did not threaten the livelihoods of the staff in both schools.
 
“All staff could have been transferred into the new build. Instead, they have been put through the unjust and unnecessary process of having to apply for their own jobs. Those not appointed are now facing redundancy.
 
“The anxiety and disruption caused by the employer is unacceptable and the NASUWT members are to be congratulated for the strong stance they are taking to protect their jobs and to ensure that the pupils at the school have teachers to teach them.”
 
Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official for Wales, said:
 
“The NASUWT has withdrawn previously planned strike action to provide the council with sufficient time to ensure that no one remained under the threat of redundancy.
 
“The council has failed to do so and at least four teachers are still experiencing the distress and anxiety of not knowing what the future holds for them and their families.
 
“Enough is enough. The teachers deserve better from their employer and it is a tribute to their colleagues who have been told their jobs are secure that they are prepared to stand strong by those still under threat. This will be an inspiration to teachers across Wales who are caught up in similar reorganisations.”

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