Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Industrial action 'possible' over Sheffield school job cuts

Industrial action cannot be ruled out over the loss of school support jobs in Sheffield, the GMB union has said.

The union claims it was not been consulted in "good time" over the axing of the 58 posts at 19 schools.

Sheffield City Council said the job losses were down to changes in the curriculum, the end of temporary contracts and "budgetary pressures".

The authority said it was working with unions and schools to minimise compulsory redundancies.

'Losing vital support'

Peter Davies, GMB organiser, said: "GMB has not been consulted in good time in most cases and certainly not since December as the council are claiming.

"GMB is in discussions with the teaching unions and again, in most cases, teachers are simply unaware that they'll be losing vital support staff in their classrooms come September.

"We are consulting with members at all of these schools and there is a lot of anger amongst staff - we cannot rule out industrial action to halt this attack and the number of schools involved grows each week."

Jayne Ludlam, executive director for children, young people and families at the Labour-run council, said: "The actual date consultation started within each school will vary depending on the proposals being made, however we believe all schools have met the requirements for consultation set out in legislation.

"All of these schools are working with the staff, the council and their HR providers to find alternative employment for staff affected."

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