Teachers agree to continue industrial action

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TEACHERS have voted to continue industrial action at a Rotherham secondary school, even though only one member of staff is still threatened with redundancy.

Staff first went on a three- day strike at Rawmarsh Community School in January, after plans were drawn up to axe 34 employees, including 15 teachers.

Headteacher Stuart Wilson argued the cuts were essential if the school was to tackle a £1.3 million budget deficit.

Originally, jobs were due to go at the end of the spring term, which staff argued would cause huge disruption for pupils.

The school has since been hit by six more days of strikes with the number of threatened redundancies being gradually reduced by management as the weeks have gone by.

Now, only one teacher is facing redundancy in September, the secondary’s National Union of Teachers representative Ralph Dyson.

NUT negotiating secretary John Dalton said : “With only one teacher at risk, management expected us to call off the action.

“But our members voted overwhelmingly to continue action until the number of redundancies is zero.

“We are not going to abandon Ralph to sink when he held the lifeboats for the rest of us to get in.”

Mr Wilson said pupil numbers had fallen sharply over the last three years – down by 220.

No decision has yet been taken on when strikes will resume after the Easter break.