School strike will continue

TEACHERS at a Rotherham school went ahead with a two day strike this week - even though the threat of 34 job losses has been cut by half.

Members of the National Union of Teachers walked out at Rawmarsh Community School, where the head and governors are battling to reduce a 1.3 million deficit.

Their action followed a similar one day stoppage last week which succeeded in closing the school - and the union is planning further strikes in weeks to come.

Rotherham NUT divisional secretary John Dalton said progress had been made in talks with headteacher Stuart Wilson, with redundancies reduced to 17.

The job losses had also been put back from the end of January to the end of July.

"But the school refused to defer the redundancy process which is taking place this week and address the substantial number of job losses," he said. "Consequently NUT members voted unanimously to continue with their action and to extend it to future weeks.

"It is hard to see how any school can continue to function when losing this number of staff in one go."

But Mr Wilson said the school needed fewer teachers as pupil numbers had fallen sharply in the last three years - from 1,162 children to 943.

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