Teachers set to strike at three schools in East Dunbartonshire next week over levels of bureaucracy set by school management.
Members of the NASUWT teaching union at threw East Dunbartonshire schools – Kirkintilloch High School, Lenzie Academy and Bearsden Academy – have decided to strike next week due to being overworked.
NASUWT’s General Secretary Chris Keates said:
Strike action could have been avoided if the council had agreed, for example, to our proposals to make sure the recommendations from the national working group on tackling bureaucracy are being implemented in schools.
Or to ensure that teachers are not burdened with clerical and administrative tasks which are diverting them from teaching, or to stop the excessive amount of cover teachers are being asked to do.
Other employers should take note. Teachers’ patience and goodwill is exhausted.
The local authority has said it is taking legal advice on the matter, while East Dunbartonshire Council denied it had refused to discuss the issue with the teachers involved.
Chief education officer Jacqui MacDonald said:
East Dunbartonshire Council regrets the decision of the NASUWT to take strike action in three of our secondary schools.
The council has made positive steps through collegiate working with the teacher trades unions to address issues in relation to workload and tackling bureaucracy.
We do not accept that we have refused to work with the NASUWT or any teacher trades union to address issues or concerns within our schools.
The council is seeking legal advice and we will keep parents and carers updated.
Meanwhile, headteachers are working to assess the impact of the industrial action and will inform parents as soon as that is complete.