Teachers threaten walk-out

TEACHERS at Swinton Comprehensive School are set to walk out next week over a threat to jobs.

Proposed strike action is in direct response to a planned staffing restructure at the school, that places eight teachers under threat of losing their jobs

A total of 93 per cent of NUT members voted in favour of action against compulsory redundancies, that will begin next Tuesday unless some kind of settlement is reached.

The restructure forms part of what was termed a ‘robust recovery plan’ for Swinton by the Children and Young People’s Service, Financial Services and the School to ‘improve budgetary control’.

The school has a deficit of over £800,000, mostly inherited from previous years, claims the NUT. Three years ago, an audit was completed and highlighted ‘significant weaknesses with the school’s financial management’.

An NUT spokesman said: “This was in large part due to spending decisions which created recurring costs made during the tenure of the school’s former headteacher who left during 2009.”

He continued: “The NUT remains willing to reach a negotiated settlement to this dispute but is not prepared to sit idly by and see any of its members face compulsory redundancy as a direct result of weak financial planning and monitoring at the school.”