NUT teachers taking strike action at Blue Coat School in Coventry.
Press Release: Strike Action at Blue Coat School, Coventry
Members of the National Union of Teachers at Blue Coat Academy School in Coventry are taking strike action on Thursday 3 September over the failure of the school to withdraw policies that were imposed without meaningful consultation with union representatives.
The policies, that are detrimental to the employment rights of staff, were imposed by the previous head teacher, Dr Julie Roberts. NUT members were on the point of taking strike action in March when Dr Roberts left the school and the Governing Body was dissolved. Despite initial indications from the Chair of the Interim Governing Body that the policies would be reversed, no progress has been made and the current Interim Head Teacher has refused to meet with Union representatives both locally and regionally to discuss reversing these policies and agree a way forward.
The lack of consultation at the school which could also be seen in a staff restructuring process undertaken over two weeks in July has had a detrimental effect upon the morale of staff at the school and is a likely cause of the high staff turnover at the school.
Jane Nellist, Joint Secretary of Coventry NUT said today, 'It is regrettable that it has come to strike action. Whilst the NUT recognises the difficulties the school has faced over the past year and has made every effort to seek a resolution to this dispute, the intransigence of the management has led to this situation. Unfortunately, the school has been reluctant to meet with our representatives and discuss our concerns.'
'Even at this late stage our members, who would much rather be teaching their pupils on the first day of term, would call off their action if the school agreed to reverse the disputed policies.'
Further strike action is planned for the following week on September 10th.