School strike to continue as Wrexham Council stands firm

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STRIKE action is set to continue at a high school after the council refused to back down on docking teachers’ salaries.

Altogether 26 members of teaching union NASUWT walked out yesterday from Darland High in Rossett and will stage a strike again today.

The industrial action started in May when it was announced that eight posts at the school would have to be cut.

Since May 20, the members have refused to attend staff meetings and carry out supervisory duties but have still been teaching the children.

Council bosses have slammed this ‘action short of strike action’ and sent a letter to staff to say money would be taken out of their individual salaries for it.

NASUWT Wales organiser Rex Phillips said the council had threatened to deduct about 75 minutes a week in pay from the members – an average of £10 a day and 50p a minute.

Meanwhile governors at the school met on Tuesday night but did not change their minds about taking money from salaries.

A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “The governors met, it was a scheduled meeting and they haven’t changed their minds.

“The letter sent out to staff still stands.”

Mr Philips added the union wanted to meet the headteacher and board of governors.

He said: “We want to sit around the table and speak with them.

“The way to solve an industrial dispute is to engage with the union.”

More strike action is planned for next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but Mr Phillips said if they could find a way of averting it they would.

Today year eight pupils have been told to stay away from school.

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