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West Dunbartonshire Secondary Teachers Vote for Industrial Action

Friday, 18th December 2015

Secondary school teachers in West Dunbartonshire have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a statutory ballot organised by the EIS.

Teachers are concerned at West Dunbartonshire Council's attempt to impose a restructure of management positions in its five secondary schools.

Larry FlanaganCommenting on the ballot result, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "This is an overwhelming ballot result which gives a clear mandate for a programme of industrial action in protest at West Dunbartonshire's plans for management restructuring it its secondary schools.

"The high turnout and the fact that almost 90% of teachers voting in the ballot backed industrial action demonstrate the depth of opposition to the council's plans.

"It is time for West Dunbartonshire council to rethink its proposals and to listen to the views of the teachers in its secondary schools."

Michael Dolan, EIS Local Association Secretary for West Michael DolanDunbartonshire, commented, "We believe that the council's proposed restructuring of management positions in its five secondary schools will have a serious detrimental impact on learning and teaching.

"Teachers do not want to take industrial action, but we feel our hand has been forced by these proposals which will damage the service we provide for pupils across West Dunbartonshire secondary schools."

The EIS Emergency Committee will meet next week to consider the ballot result with a view to the authorisation of potential industrial action in the New Year.

Ballot result:

  • West Dunbartonshire Secondary Members voting YES to industrial action: 88.2%
  • West Dunbartonshire Secondary Members voting NO to industrial action: 11.8%
  • Turnout: 60.9%