Friday 18 January 2013

Preston Manor strike may be called off after conditions of service concessions by management

NUT members at Preston Manor All-through School  will be deciding next week whether to accept the advice of their leaders and call off the strike planned for Wednesday January 23rd after concessions by the school management on conditions of service but with academy conversion going ahead.

Brent Teachers Association Secretary Jean Roberts wrote to NUT members:
Because of your determination and collective strength, your tremendous unity and solidarity throughout this whole process, you have won on EVERY point you asked for to protect your terms and conditions after conversion.

Together you have won probably the best conditions in any converter academy, not just in Brent, but in the whole of England.
This will mean that a Co-operative Academy will still go ahead but the strike ballot is still live and the union reserves the right to strike if the concessions are not written into agreements by February 1st.

Jean Roberts told members:
You all have been magnificent in your determination to oppose this conversion, first voting overwhelmingly in the staff ballot and then as NUT members voting for action when your views were just ignored – not even a governors meeting was called to discuss the result. I would hope that Matthew Lantos and the Governors realise they need to regain your trust over what had happened and to apply those Co-operative values which they signed up to.

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