28 Sep 2017
GMB Southern have called on governors to consider removing the head teacher from Purbrook Park School in Hampshire over not respecting workers rights.
We have a right to peacefully protest and we do not expect a head teacher to permit disgraceful behaviour says GMB Southern.
GMB, the union for school support staff, call on the governors of Purbrook Park School, Waterlooville, to consider removing head teacher, Mr Paul Foxley, over an incident that occurred during a peaceful GMB protest outside the school today. [28 September 2017]
GMB were engaged in a peaceful protest outside Purbrook Park School regarding the current unfair redundancy proposals. [see notes to editors for previous GMB press release]
Pupils at the school came from inside the building to where GMB were protesting and removed GMB flags and placards, which were taken into the school and the gates were locked. This happened in front of the head teacher, Mr Foxley, and with the appearance of his full consent and knowledge as he did not try to stop the pupils, despite our remonstrations that the pupils were engaging in theft.
The school need to answer the following questions:
What inspired pupils to leave the school and return to the gates to take away GMB property?
Why did they think it was OK?
Why did staff and the head teacher stand by and watch it happen?
Why did the staff then close the school gates with GMB property inside the school?
Nicola Nixon, GMB Southern Officer said,
“GMB have a right to peacefully protest and we do not expect this kind of behaviour being endorsed by a head teacher. Our protest is to raise our issues with parents and the local community and not to disrupt the education of pupils. To involve pupils in this way is deplorable.
“This would have been an ideal opportunity for the pupils to have been taught about protest and freedom of speech. It is disappointing that the school have not taken this opportunity. Parents should be concerned about this sort of behaviour seemingly being endorsed by the school.
“GMB will continue to hold demonstrations and inform parents and the community about our concerns.
“We call on Mr Foxley to scrap the proposed job cuts and engage with the GMB union.
“Police had to attend the GMB protest later in the day to ensure that there was no repeat of what had happened this morning.”
Contact: Nicola Nixon 07940 730627
Notes to editors:
1) GMB press release 19 September 2017
GMB MEMBERS TO DEMONSTRATE OUTSIDE PURBROOK PARK SCHOOL, WATERLOOVILLE, OVER THREATS OF REDUNDANCIES ON WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER AND THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
We call on the headteacher and governors of the school to withdraw the threats of redundancy and to engage in genuine consultation and discussion with GMB and our members says GMB Southern
GMB, the union for school support staff, are holding a demonstration outside Purbrook Park School tomorrow after the school threatened office and site staff with redundancies for the second time in 8 months.
GMB members at the school will be holding demonstrations tomorrow, Wednesday 20 September and next week, Thursday 28 September:
Wednesday 20th September – between 8am-9am and between 2pm – 3pm
Thursday 28th September – all day
Nicola Nixon, GMB Southern Officer said,
“This is the second time this year the school have told our members they are at risk of redundancy.
“Our members are carrying out important work at the school as finance, administrative and site management staff.
“Members are concerned that a reduction in site staff will have a detrimental impact on health and safety in the school.
“GMB also believe that if the school did make these vital admin and site staff redundant then they would find themselves having to rely on agency or temporary staff to fill the gaps – resulting in even higher costs.
“GMB dispute the financial justification the school have given for these job losses. We call on the headteacher and governors of the school to withdraw the threats of redundancy and to engage in genuine consultation and discussion with GMB and our members.”