Third day of strikes over redundancy

NEAABE111019d2, Aldercar community language college.
NEAABE111019d2, Aldercar community language college.

TEACHERS took part in a third day of strike action over the potential redundancy of a colleague at Aldercar Community Language College.

Last minute talks on Monday failed to stop more than 20 teachers at the Langley Mill school walking out on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Teachers in the NASUWT union also walked out last Thursday – with a union spokesman warning there could be even more action on the horizon if the dispute is not settled.

Dave Wilkinson, NASUWT National Executive Member, said: “NASUWT members at Aldercar School have courageously decided to take three days’ strike action against the redundancy of an NASUWT member at their school before the half-term break.

“The governors are proceeding with the redundancy at the same time as appointing more teachers to the school, including in the department from which the NASUWT member is being made redundant.

“The school does not have a serious financial problem and could manage staffing reductions entirely by natural wastage.

But headteacher Tony Cooper said the situation was unavoidable.

He added: “The governing body and the school would not enter into redundancy procedures if there was any workable alternative.”

School bosses are reportedly looking at ways to find the affected member of staff alternative employment in other schools if the planned redundancy does get finalised.

And Mr Cooper also sent a letter to parents reassuring them that effects of the action would be minimal.