Stonehenge School rocked by strike ballot

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Wiltshire school close to famous landmark being balloted by GMB union

GMB, the union for school support staff, is balloting members at The Stonehenge School in Amesbury, Wiltshire over changes to working practices.

More than a dozen members of support staff are being balloted over changes to working practices, including additional duties interrupting the lunch breaks enjoyed by some colleagues for 17 years.

The ballot opens on Monday 10 June and closes on Monday 1 July.

David McMullen, GMB Regional Organiser said:

“This is a great example of job creep, where staff are all of a sudden expected to start doing additional duties in their designated break periods, for no extra money.

“Our members are being so heavily pressured in to this, GMB is in no doubt that this constitutes bullying by the senior leadership team.

“Rather than accepting this is not part of our members’ job role, management have instead been concentrating their efforts on suspending GMB’s workplace rep and complaining about our Branch Secretary.

“If the leadership team do not start listening to our members, they may well find themselves having to close the school, with these key support staff downing tools.”