The Scotsman reports that three secondary schools in East Dunbartonshire will be hit by strike action next week in the run up to exams, in a dispute over teachers’ workloads.
Around 80 members of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union and Women Teachers (NASUWT) at Kirkintilloch High school, Lenzie Academy and Bearsden Academy will take action next Tuesday with the threat of action spreading.
The union says East Dunbartonshire Council has failed to tackle management practices – such as overloading teachers with admin and bureaucracy – which have had an adverse impact on the workload and working conditions of teachers.
Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary, said the union was frustrated by “endless discussions” with the council.
“It is disappointing that we have been forced to take action in East Dunbartonshire, but having attempted to engage in constructive discussions to work together on these issues, regrettably the council changed its position and instead of confirming it would work with us on the issues we had raised, would only commit to them informing local discussions.
“By the council’s own admission, these discussions have been going on for years.”
Jacqui MacDonald, the council’s chief education officer, said: “The council has made positive steps through collegiate working with the teacher trades unions to address issues in relation to workload and tackling bureaucracy. We do not accept that we have refused to work with the NASUWT or any teacher trades union to address issues or concerns within our schools.”
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