Strike over safety set to hit Crosby school

Twenty-nine members of the National Education Union (NEU) at St Michael’s Church of England High School in Crosby are due to begin a rolling programme of strike action on Wednesday 20 March.

Five further strikes will follow if conciliation talks planned for this week fail.

This follows a ballot of members at the academy which saw 100% of members who voted support the walk out due to what they see as serious failures of the employer, Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust, to implement a consistent behaviour policy at the school which NEU believes has placed staff and pupils at risk.

Talks are ongoing with ACAS to try and resolve the dispute and prevent the need for further strike days. A NEU picket line will be at the school on Wednesday morning.

Jim Dye, a Senior Regional Officer of NEU, said, “We have been negotiating with Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust since last summer on the serious issues in the school, and where our members have felt unsupported and undermined by their employer.

“While these negotiations have been productive, they have not yet resulted in any improvements in the school and NEU members have run out of patience to see meaningful changes implemented”

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