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West Dunbartonshire Secondary Teachers Commence Two-Day Strike

 Wednesday 30 March 2016

Secondary teachers in West Dunbartonshire will today (Wednesday 30 March) commence two-days of strike action in a continuing dispute over cuts to Principal teacher posts in the authority’s Secondary schools.

This escalation of strike action follows the overwhelming rejection of a revised council proposal by members of the EIS in a recent ballot.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "EIS members in West Dunbartonshire are determined to stand firm against the authority’s plans to cut Principal teacher posts in Secondary schools.

"These changes would have a detrimental impact on the operation of Secondary school departments, and a negative effect on learning and teaching activity in Secondary schools.”

Mr Flanagan added, "The EIS will have picket lines in place at all West Dunbartonshire Secondary schools and will be holding a campaign rally today (Wednesday) at Clydebank Town Hall, which we have invited representatives of all main political parties to attend.

"We will be asking each political party to share its views on these proposals and, in particular, the EIS will continue to urge the ruling Labour party group in West Dunbartonshire to abandon these unpopular plans once and for all.”

Following two days of strike action today (Wednesday) and tomorrow, a further two days of strike action are scheduled for Tuesday 26 April and Wednesday 27 April.

Picket lines will be in place at each Secondary school in West Dunbartonshire from early on Wednesday morning. EIS General Secretary will join pickets at St Peter the Apostle High School in Clydebank on Wednesday morning.

A rally will be held at Clydebank Town Hall from 10:30am in Wednesday. Speakers will include EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan, EIS-FELA President John Kelly, and Brian Smith of UNISON (Glasgow Branch).