GMB Members Vote To Strike Over Recruitment Issues and Health & Safety Fears at Rotherham School

5 Jun 2014

Following a unanimous ballot by GMB, the union for school support staff, members at Abbey have decided that enough is enough.

Members have voted for Strike Action to take place on Monday 9th June 2014 with a further date planed and yet to be confirmed following a breakdown in talks over issues with the recruitment process with could result in 4 possible redundancies.

The School management and Local Authority Human Recourses have stated that they are not wiling negotiate on the recruitment issues despite the false promises made.

Members have raised serious concerns over Health & Safety and the behaviour of pupils.

Eric Batty, GMB Branch Secretary, said “Children of Abbey will be once again
the victims if the strike goes ahead at the special school. Despite management stating that they have put in place several improvements which the GMB welcomes and appreciates, the staff feel that it is not enough to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of the staff and pupils.”

“Management were warned following the last restructure that such an upheaval would negatively impact children at the school. School support staff and teachers who knew the children best were, in significant numbers, left with no other alternative but to take redundancy. This has had a detrimental impact on students emotional well-being and had contributed in part to the behavioural issues in school.”

Lee Simpson, GMB Branch Convenor, said “ the staff have been left with no alternative to strike action as the School are stating that they have done enough and that things will improve with time. Despite management saying they have a proactive hands on approach, staff say that they do not do enough.”

“Staff have raised issues with the deployment of Team-Teach principals in school saying that Restrictive Physical Intervention Techniques are being used to quickly.”

Negotiatations will continue with the view to a possible agreement.


For Further information please contact:
Lee Simpson GMB 01709 255424 – 07585795938
Eric Batty GMB 01709 255955 – 07748 142610