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Union bargaining could be used to prevent teacher strikes

Teachers in Aberdeen are threatening strike action if further job cuts are announced.

14 December 2010

Union bargaining may be one of the options councils across Aberdeen turn to in a bid to prevent teachers from taking part in industrial action.

It is the first time in over 20 years that strikes have been threatened, as individuals in the profession are angry at proposed plans to cut jobs, the Press and Journal reports.

Picket lines could be created if members of the Unite and Union trade unions are forced into compulsory redundancies, representatives from the bodies told the news source.

According to the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), proposed job losses would lead to 290 pupil support teachers becoming unemployed, in addition to 34 nursery teachers.

In a letter to Aberdeen councillors, EIS secretary for the city Grant Bruce said enforcing compulsory redundancies "would be a step too far" if there are no severance payments available.

This latest threat of strike action comes after London tube workers belonging to the union Aslef voted to stage walkouts on Boxing Day, in a row over how much they are being paid to work over the bank holiday.

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