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BREAKING: School relieved as threat of strike action averted

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

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STRIKE action which was set to take place tomorrow at the largest secondary school in Derbyshire has been called off – with bosses still in talks in a desperate bid to try to halt further industrial action taking place.

Senior teachers at John Port School, in Etwall, revealed that late-night talks with officials from the National Association of School Masters and Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) union on Tuesday saw a deal struck to halt plans for a walkout by some staff tomorrow.

However, talks are still taking place in a bid to try to clarify whether five more days of planned industrial action will still go ahead.

Graham Goulding, business manager at the school, said: “We can confirm that strike action that was set to take place tomorrow has been called off.

“Senior leaders at the school held talks on Tuesday night with union chiefs in a bid to try to resolve the issue.

“We are now working to try to confirm whether or not the remaining days of industrial action which are planned will take place.

“We are hoping to have an announcement on this matter, either way, by Friday.

“In the meantime I would urge parents to keep checking the school website and local media to keep abreast of any changes in the situation.

“We will also look to send out a text message to all parents to inform them of any further developments.

“We would like to thank parents and children for their patience while we have moved to try to deal with the matter of strike action.

“We want to make sure that disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Teachers were set to head behind the picket lines as part of an ongoing row over changes to pensions, pay and working conditions.

The other strikes could still take place on:

l Wednesday, May 21;

l Thursday, May 22;

l Tuesday, June 3;

l Wednesday, June 4; and

l Thursday, June 5.

Head teacher Chris Sainsbury said: “I am confident that, with union co-operation, we can resolve any issues and avoid disruption.”

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