NASUWT: Northolt teachers hold first of six days of strike action

Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, will hold the first of six days of strike action beginning today (Thursday 28 February) at the Alec Reed Academy in Northolt.

The action is in furtherance of the NASUWT’s trade dispute with the Secretary of State and the failure of the School to engage constructively on issues arising from the action short of strike action instructions.

The NASUWT action is jointly co-ordinated with action being taken by the NUT. Both unions have sought to ensure that the action they have put in place to protect the pay and conditions of service of members is pupil, parent and public friendly but the actions of the School have left the teachers with no choice but to escalate their action.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: “The dedicated and committed teachers at Alec Reed Academy deeply regret that they have been forced by the employer to take strike action.

“They regret that pupils and parents are facing disruption but we have done everything to seek to avoid this.

“All we want to do is to engage in constructive discussions with the employer to seek to resolve the issues of concern.

“I hope that they will come forward with arrangements to meet as quickly as possible to avoid the need for further strike action.”

Shane Johnschwager, NASUWT National Executive Member for Greater London, said: “We have always sought to resolve this by negotiation and remain open to sitting down with the trustees.

“This strike action could be avoided if the trustees and the employer stop placing unreasonable demands on our members and engage in constructive dialogue.”

ENDS

Notes to editors: NASUWT members will be picketing  at Alec Reed Academy in Northolt from 7.30am. The address is Bengarth Road, Northolt, UB5 5LQ.