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Strikes could be back on at school

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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A MEETING will be held next week between senior teachers at Derbyshire’s biggest school and union officials after a series of strike dates were reinstated.

The emergency talks will be held at John Port School, in Etwall, on Monday, in a bid to try to put an end to industrial action which could see teachers walk out for five days during the next two months.

This will come as a surprise to some parents after a meeting on Tuesday with officials from the National Association of School Masters and Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) union saw a day of action on Thursday cancelled and a heavy hint that other strikes would also be called off.

Head teacher Chris Sainsbury (pictured) said: “During the previous meeting, a single issue was raised – the performance management/pay progression procedure. This matter was discussed at length and a way forward agreed.

“Strike action for Thursday was lifted and the school was given the firm impression that the remaining five strike days would also be lifted, subject to the agreement of the NASUWT general secretary.

“I was, therefore, disappointed to receive notification from the NASUWT informing the school that the union would not be withdrawing their additional five days of planned strike action.

“I am further frustrated that we appear to have no means open to us to avoid the threat of strike action.

“We don’t understand why John Port School has been selected for strike action when our policies and procedures are in line with the majority of other schools who are not facing strike action.”

If the situation is not resolved, teachers will walkout on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

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