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Strike negotiations may assist teachers

Strike negotiations might be required by teachers at a special school in the West Midlands following an announcement that job cuts are a possibility.

19 January 2011

Teachers at a special school in the West Midlands could require help with strike negotiations following a day of industrial action earlier this week.

Staff at Lanchester School decided to protest because they were facing continual physical attacks and threats from pupils and have reportedly had to restrain pupils on 62 occasions since September 2010.

In addition to the difficult working conditions, teachers now face the prospect of losing their positions after it was announced that job cuts were a possibility.

Joe Morgan, regional secretary for the GMB, commented: "At a time when the focus should be on actions to resolve the situation, it is totally unacceptable that staff are now being served with notice of redundancy."

He added that reducing the number of workers could increase the feeling of "insecurity" already felt by staff at the learning establishment.

This comes after employees of Dundee University voted in favour of industrial action after the governing body announced that there might be compulsory in the near future.  

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