Union agrees to call off teacher walkout at Wrexham school

Reporter:

Claire Gallagher

A THREE-day teacher walkout at Darland High School has been called off.

Teachers from the NASUWT union staged a strike on Wednesday and Thursday last week after a row over staff restructuring escalated.

However, after a crunch meeting with representatives from the Rossett school’s governing body and Wrexham Council last night union members agreed a deal which averted further action.

A joint statement released after the meeting said: “At a meeting between representatives from NASUWT, Darland High School’s board of governors, the headteacher and Wrexham County Borough Council a workable solution was reached.

“NASUWT will meet with its members on Thursday with a view towards a more workable solution.

“The governing body is therefore pleased to announce that the school will be open to all students between now and the end of term.”

The initial row began in May when the council announced that eight posts at the school would have to be cut in a bid to plug a hole in the budget deficit.

Teachers held a one-day walkout on May 20 and since then have been taking ‘action short of strike action’ which has included not attending staff meetings and not carrying out supervisory duties. The dispute continued when the council threatened to deduct money from teachers’ salaries for taking this action.

Mr Phillips was set to propose to the governors that letters sent out to staff about salary deductions are ‘parked’ pending a decision during the summer break.

He was also to propose to call off the three-day strike action and that the action
short of strike action would continue during the last week of term.

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