School strike over job losses

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TEACHERS are due to go on strike next week at a Halifax secondary school in a dispute over redundancies.

Wednesday’s action comes at the start of exams but unions have promised they will not be disrupted.

The National Union of Teachers says it is willing to negotiate a settlement over plans to shed three jobs at St Catherine’s Catholic High, at Holmfield.

Union secretary Sue McMahon said: “The school wants to clear its deficit in order to become an academy and has chosen to make teachers redundant.”

Governors’ chairman Tom Miskell said the redundancy appeals process was ongoing.

“The financial deficit has come about as a result of closing the sixth form and has nothing to do with our hopes of becoming an academy,” he said.