Teachers stage three more days of strike action at school

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TEACHERS at a South Yorkshire secondary school are taking three more days of strike action in a bid to prevent threatened compulsory redundancies.

It is the fourth time this month that 37 members of the National Union of Teachers have taken action at Rawmarsh Community Secondary in Rotherham.

Originally headteacher Dr Stuart Wilson and his governors were seeking 34 job losses in a bid to clear a budget deficit of £1.3 million.

Now that figure is down to 10 with some posts being lost instead to voluntary redundancies and early retirements - and most of the compulsory cuts put back to the end of the summer term.

But the union is arguing standards of education will still be affected by the cuts.

An NUT spokesman said the union had proposed deferring the action if management put off all redundancy notices to the summer, but last minute negotiations broke down.

He said: “We are out to defend everyone’s job and all redundancy notices must be withdrawn before we completely call off our action.”

Dr Wilson says cuts are inevitable because of falling pupil numbers at the school and the loss of grants due to central government cuts.

Rotherham Council has backed the head’s actions.