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Oswaldtwistle teachers in strike over job cuts
TEACHERS at an Oswaldtwistle school are set to go on strike over compulsory staff redundancies today and tomorrow.
Twenty-two members of staff at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School are taking industrial action after it was announced that 10 teachers — the equivalent of six-and-a-half full-time workers — would be laid off.
The action has been organised by the National Union of Teachers, who said staff were particularly concerned about the circumstances surrounding the redundancies.
Avis Gilmore, regional secretary for the North West at the NUT, said: “Redundancies have been made compulsory in departments where new appointments were made 18 months ago.
We feel that if those appointments had not been made, they would not have been losing their jobs.
“There are issues over how the school have managed their finances and appointing staff when they could see there were financial issues. It is really bad planning. We also have some issues in terms of the appeal panel for those selected for compulsory redundancy, which we don’t feel met the procedure. We will be advising staff on whether they have any legal claims against the school.”
She added that members had taken the decision to strike very reluctantly as they did not want to cause disruption to pupils’ education. The contracts of those selected for compulsory redundancy end on August 31.
Paul Trickett, head teacher, said on the website: “The school will be open as usual for all students on these dates, as no other unions are taking part in this action and the overwhelming majority of staff will be working as normal on the dates in question.”
A picket line will be set up out-side the school from 7.30-9am on both mornings.
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