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Teachers to strike over decision to convert Lancashire primary school into an academy

TEACHERS and support staff are to strike over the decision to convert a primary school in Lancashire into an academy.

More than 40 members of the National Education Union (NEU) at the crisis-ridden St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School in Preston will begin the first of five days of action against the school being handed over permanently to a private company. 

The passing of the school to the Cidari academy trust, which is linked to the Diocese of Blackburn, undermines local democracy and threatens staff terms and conditions, the NEU has said. 

Regional officer Bora Oktas said that the school had failed to consult with union members as well as the community about its plans, claiming that the school’s governing body are the only ones set to benefit from the move. 

NEU regional secretary Peter Middleman said: “Unfortunately, the employers failed to demonstrate good faith, which is a prerequisite for productive consultation and negotiation with its workforce.

“They’ve knowingly pushed our members to an avoidable strike action during the season of goodwill.”

The trust was approached for comment. 

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