The Spalding Guardian is reporting that NUT members at the local Spalding Grammar School have voted unanimously to strike as a pay dispute threatens to worsen.
The result of a secret ballot amongst teachers who are part of the NUT, which closed on Tuesday, was revealed by the union’s Yorkshire and Midlands branch today.
A turnout of just under 78 per cent was, according to NUT regional officer Nick Raine, an indication of “the strong feelings of teachers at Spalding Grammar School against school management unfairly withholding a paltry pay award that other teachers in Lincolnshire are receiving”.
There were claims last week that educational trips at Spalding Grammar School could be under threat after teachers threatened strike action over a refusal to gibe them a one per cent pay rise, as recommeneded by an independent body which reviews staff salaries.
Mr Raine said: “I am disappointed that school management have given parents and the Spalding community the impression that they are acting in line with the pay review body’s recommendations.
“Instead, they are taking the unusual and unreasonable step of ignoring them and treating Spalding teachers unfairly.”
The NUT accused senior staff at Spalding Grammar School of falsely claiming that it could not afford to give teachers the pay increase and that it would put some staff at a disadvantage.
Headmaster Steven Wilkinson said: “Resolutions will be reached through negotiations held calmly and privately and those are ongoing within the school…”
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