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West Dunbartonshire Secondary Teachers to Restart Strike Action

Monday, 21 March 2016

Secondary teachers in West Dunbartonshire’s Secondary schools are set to recommence a programme of strike action as they continue their fight against cuts to Principal teacher posts.

The EIS had suspended the programme of action to allow teachers to be balloted on a revised proposal from the council. However, following an overwhelming rejection (2-to-1 against, 88% turnout) of the proposal in the ballot, the strike action will now continue.

At a meeting on Friday, the EIS Emergency Committee gaveWest Dunbartonshire secondary school strike approval to four more days of strike action in West Dunbartonshire Secondary schools.

Two days of strike action will be held next week, on Wednesday 30 March and Thursday 31 March. A further two days of strike action will be held on Tuesday 26 April and Wednesday 27 April.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Our members in West Dunbartonshire remain resolute in their opposition to cuts to Principal teacher posts in the authority’s Secondary schools.

"The decision to recommence strike action, following a very clear ballot result, reflects the continuing concern over the potential detrimental impact of the council’s proposals on learning and teaching in schools."

Mr Flanagan added, "The EIS has written to West Dunbartonshire Council today, advising that the industrial action campaign has been reinstated. We remain open to further dialogue in the hope of agreeing a resolution to the dispute, and would urge the council administration to rethink their latest proposal in order to better address legitimate concerns over the educational impact of their plans."