Rawmarsh teachers threaten new strike

FLASHBACK: To the school's previous strikes
FLASHBACK: To the school's previous strikes

UNION members at Rawmarsh Community School have said they will strike again, if necessary, over ONE teaching position that remains at threat.

A single NUT member at Rawmarsh Community School remains at risk of redundancy at the beleaguered school, that was set to slash back its staff because of financial difficulties.

The Times understands that the lone victim is an NUT representative.

In the Spring term, the school saw nine days of strike action, in direct response to the proposed mid-year redundancies of 25 teachers and nine support workers, from a teaching staff of 81.

Action was then suspended – when management reduced the number of job losses and deferred most redundancies to September.

NUT negotiating secretary John Dalton said: “Management expected us to call off action... but our members voted overwhelmingly to continue until the number of NUT redundancies is zero. We have not announced action, as we are giving the school a short time to resolve the situation”.

Teachers claim any job losses are unacceptable in the “improving” school; that pupils will suffer as staff numbers diminish; and that deficits can be managed without compulsory redundancies.

They do not accept claims by headteacher Dr Stuart Wilson that class sizes will remain low despite reduced staffing.