Teaching assistants at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College have voted to go on strike “for up to a week” to protest disciplinary observation at the school.
What on earth is ‘disciplinary observation’…?
The school brought in a new training programme with observation that the school said would help improve the quality of teaching at the school.
However teaching assistants are not happy with the system at all as they feel it is used for disciplinary reasons and a “surveillance and sack culture”.
Ah. I see. It’s the normal practice of observing employees to see if they are doing the job they are meant to be doing.
Don’t worry, folks, it’ll only become ‘disciplinary’ if you’re not. Why would you worry?
Unite Regional Officer Onay Kasab said: “This is little more than an extra method for the employer to discipline people.
“The imposition of a surveillance and sack culture is an insult to hard working staff. Rather than reward staff for their hard work, this employer seeks to hand out punishments.
“Our members do a vital job which at times can be extremely challenging. What they require is support – not threats.”
Oh, of course. The unions are involved.
Jan Atkinson, principal at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College, said: “We are highly committed to the training and development of our learning support assistants, who provide an invaluable service to some of our most vulnerable students in our very inclusive college.
“The overwhelming majority of staff are embracing the training and development that we are providing as part of our new teaching and learning improvement strategy, which is already having a positive impact on student progress.”
So if ‘the overwhelming majority’ are OK with this, I guess the ones who are going on strike are the ones who aren’t up to the job. Nice of them to identify themselves, isn’t it?