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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at St Peter’s Collegiate School in Wolverhampton are taking three days of strike action next week over adverse management practices including workload, health and safety and the failure to consult.

Strike action is planned for Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd following the failure of the employer to adequately address the concerns of members about their working conditions.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“We have been seeking to work with the school for several months now to address the issues of concern of members in relation to their health and safety and their working conditions. However, the current employer has not fully addressed all of their concerns despite having the time to do so.

“In addition to the issues of workload, the NASUWT has had to address serious health and safety concerns, including in relation to fire safety and asbestos. Despite our interventions we have yet to be provided with assurances that an acceptable fire alarm system is fully operational within the school to ensure the safety and welfare of all staff and students. 

“These important health and safety issues should have been addressed immediately by the employer for the safety of the whole school community when they were initially raised. Had they been so strike action could have been avoided.

“The employer must now commit to working constructively with us to address these matters and to bring this dispute to an end for the good of both staff and pupils.”

Paul Nesbitt, NASUWT National Executive Member for Wolverhampton, said:

“This strike action is a last resort and the NASUWT provided the employer with a further opportunity to act in withdrawing two previous days of strike action planned before Easter. This was done in good faith in the hope that things would change but members feel that nothing has improved. 

“The NASUWT urges the employer to take the actions necessary to resolve this dispute. Members have been extremely patient with the employer and given them time to make the appropriate changes. They now need to see concrete actions and a change of approach from the employer which demonstrates that their reasonable concerns have been taken on board and are being addressed.”

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