“Last week the NUT and NASUWT gave notice of a significant program of strike action at Otley Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley, Leeds in opposition to the transfer of their members employment to an academy. The first action will be a one day strike on Thursday November 10th but that will be followed by two and three day strikes over the next two weeks.
The school governing body voted on October 11th to proceed to academy conversion from December 1st. During the consultation period the school convened two very well-attended public meetings. At both meetings votes were held and opposition to academy status was almost unanimous (71 against and 2 for at the second meeting). A survey of all staff carried out by the school showed that around two thirds were opposed. The governing body have been split down the middle and since the decision to convert nine governors have resigned in protest at the decision.
NASUWT members were balloted in July and have already been taking action short of strike action. The NUT balloted in October and both unions decided to move to strike action which would be co-ordinated. The two unions have given notice that beyond this Thursday November 10th we are calling on members to strike;
- for two days on Wednesday November 16th and Thursday November 17th and
- for three days on Tuesday November 22nd, Wednesday November 23rd and Thursday November 24th
The scale of the action has been determined by the GB’s insistence on rushing the conversion through by December 1st and the failure to heed any of the consultation responses. We felt there was no value in a token protest and that significant action was required between now and December 1st. Members of both unions are, as ever, being subject to considerable pressure not to support the strike and any and all support for them will help boost morale. Please send any messages of support to the NASUWT at firstname.lastname@example.org or the NUT at email@example.com”
Division Secretary,Leeds NUT Secretary,Leeds NASUWT
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