Teachers hold a three day strike at Aberystwyth school

TWENTY THREE members of staff at Ysgol Penweddig, the Welsh-language secondary school in Aberystwyth held a three day strike between the 24th and 26th February, after a staff member was sacked.

SchoolsignNASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “It is deeply regrettable that the NASUWT and its members have been left with no alternative other than to resort to taking this action. The union has done everything possible to seek to resolve the current dispute.

“We deeply regret any disruption caused to pupils and parents. This is something we have sought to avoid.

“Strike action planned for Friday 9 January was withdrawn on the understanding that a meeting would be arranged to facilitate direct discussions with the local authority before a dismissal notice was issued to one of our members”

Pupils from years 7 to 10 were affected by the strike.

A NASUWT national official said: “A way forward, avoiding strike action, could have been found if due process and procedures had been followed correctly.

“Instead the disciplinary process applied to our member is a travesty of the rules of natural justice and the right to fair treatment.

“The NASUWT has offered to meet with the full governing body to explain directly to them why the decisions that have been taken throughout this case have been fundamentally flawed and why the letter of dismissal should be withdrawn and the member reinstated.

“However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the NASUWT’s attempts to resolve these matters through meetings rather than action are currently being blocked.

“The school and the local authority appear to have decided to embark on a process of confrontation rather than conciliation.”

Reaction to the story on the BBC Wales Facebook page was overwhelmingly negative with multiple people questioning the adverse effects that a three day strike would have on pupils’ learning.