School strike action called off

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STRIKE action due to take place this week at a school in South Yorkshire has been called off.

Nearly 40 teachers at Rawmarsh Community Secondary in Rotherham have already taken industrial action over plans to slash 25 per cent of teaching posts to clear a £1.3 million budget deficit.

Walkouts due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday have been cancelled after negotiations between the NUT, the school and Rotherham Council resulted in the last remaining compulsory redundancy planned for April being withdrawn.

The NUT says strikes will resume after Easter if the school continues with redundancies planned for August.

Ian Stevenson, NUT regional secretary, said: “The agreement reached provides time for the employer to find a way to avoid further job cuts.”