Calderdale teaching staff strike over job losses

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SCHOOL support staff in Calderdale went on strike today over compulsory redundancies.

In a joint statement they said: “We are deeply dismayed that Calderdale Council sees fit to remove frontline service staff.

“This will have a direct impact on schools and education in Calderale.”

The unions said they remained willing to reach a negotiated settlement to avoid the dispute.

The council expects to save £755,000 a year by reorganising school-improvement services and getting rid of 21 members of staff.

NUT member Sheila Eastwood said: “All we want is for the council talk to us and to consider voluntary rendundancies and early retirement options before people have to lose their jobs.”

She warned that there could be further industrial action.

Staff were warned about potential redundancies just days before Christmas.

Changes to school improvement work stem from the Government’s desire to encourage groups of schools to work together, supported by national and local “Leaders in Education.”

“This model places responsibility for school improvement with recognised school consortia and as such removes the need for the local authority to maintain a bespoke school improvement service,” according to the council.

Plans to sell the centre, valued at nearly £5 million, have been shelved.