GMB Demo In Rotherham Produces Results

30 Jun 2014

Members of GMB, the union for school support staff, participated in a fourth day of strike action on 27th June and demonstrated at the Council offices. Following the demo, GMB were invited to a meeting with Dorothy Smith, Director of Schools and Lifelong Learning.

Lee Simpson, GMB Branch Convenor, said “GMB have had a positive meeting with Dorothy and at last someone seems to be listening. A further meeting has been arranged between school management, the GMB and Dorothy Smith for 4th July and we are hoping that something positive comes from it.”

Following the positive meeting the staff have decided to postpone the next scheduled strike day which was due to take place on Wednesday 2nd of July stating that it would be their intention to strike again after the national strike day on 10th July if nothing positive comes from the proposed meeting.

Eric Batty, GMB Branch Secretary, said “GMB have now contacted all special schools in Rotherham and sent them a Freedom of Information Request to ascertain the number of recorded incidents” this follows the comments from Abbey’s Headteacher who has stated that staff concerns in respect of Abbey are the norm for all special schools in Rotherham. It would be of great concern to the GMB and parents if, as Abby’s Headteacher has stated, the ‘the norm’ amounts to 100 incidents reported in 10 days.”

GMB are planning a public demonstration in Rotherham Town Centre which will be postponed if the meeting on 4th July is productive.

The details of the demonstration are as follows:

From 10am Saturday 5th July

All Saints Square, Rotherham Town Centre

Members of GMB will be present on the day with flags and banners. Parents and the public are urged to join the demonstration.



Lee Simpson GMB 01709 255424 – 07585795938 – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Eric Batty GMB 01709 255955 – 07748 142610 – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)