Unfortunately, I have to inform you that due to the number of staff in the teachers’ union NUT
who have declared they are striking, I have no alternative but to close the Academy for the
day on Wednesday 26 March 2014.
This action is not against the Academy itself but is part of national industrial action organised
by this trade union about changes to the pensions, workloads and conditions of service.
There is no requirement on unions to inform us of which members of staff will take action,
and it may be that they will not know themselves as there is no obligation on members of
unions to obey a strike call.
Neither the governing body nor the Principal is legally allowed to close the Academy ‘in
sympathy’ with the strike and we will not do so. The staff who are in the other teaching
unions are advised not to cover lessons or duties that they would not normally do. Our main
concern is the safety of our students and so the Academy will close as the Principal is of the
opinion that it is not safe to remain open.
Every effort has been made to give notice as early as possible.
We must all hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as
soon as possible.
Mr A Rosser
Mr A Rosser
Chair of Governors
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