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Reinstate Rowley Regis Nursery Manager

Friday, October 23, 2015

GMB CALL FOR IMMEDIATE REINSTATEMENT OF ROWLEY REGIS NURSERY MANAGER SUSPENDED ON FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER

We consider that member has been targeted and victimised due to the successful campaign against cuts at the nursery earlier this month says GMB

GMB, the union for school support staff, is calling for the immediate reinstatement of the Rowley Owls Nursery Manager who today (23rd October) has been suspended until further notice.

GMB consider this action is linked to the successful GMB campaign against plans to cut the service at Rowley Regis nursery for local children and their parents. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press releases on the campaign.

Gillian Whittaker, GMB Organiser said: "We consider that this member has been targeted and victimised due to the successful campaign run by GMB earlier this month.

We consider that this is grossly unfair and are requesting that this member is re-instated as soon as possible. We will do everything in our power for this member to get this suspension lifted.

We are hoping that the school see sense and re-instate the manager without delay.”

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Contact: Samantha Jones, Media/Researcher on 0121 550 4888 or Stephanie Peacock on 07841 763521 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Copy of GMB press release on U-turn at Rowley Owls Nursery dated 13th October

GMB WELCOME SCRAPPING OF CUTS AT ROWLEY OWLS NURSERY WHERE SERVICES WERE UNDER THREAT FROM PROPOSALS FROM SCHOOL GOVERNORS

Head informed members that the proposals have been scrapped and next 12 months will be spent working to improve standards ready for the next OFSTED report says GMB

GMB, the union for school support staff, welcome scrapping of plans by School Governors at Rowley Hall Primary School in Windsor Road, Rowley Regis, West Midlands to go ahead with cut the service at Rowley Owls Nursery for local children and their parents.

GMB members were outside the school on Friday 2 October 2016 to speak to parents, staff and the community to support the campaign and to get signatures for the petition. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release.

Gillian Whittaker, GMB Regional Officer, said “We have just heard the brilliant news from a meeting with the union and the Head Teacher at Rowley Hall Primary School.

She has informed members that the proposals have been scrapped. The next 12 months will be spent working with our members in the nursery to improve standards ready for the next OFSTED report.

GMB would like to thank all the public and members of staff for supporting our campaign.”

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Copy of GMB press release dated 1st Oct 2015.

GMB OPPOSES PLANNED CUTS AT ROWLEY OWLS NURSERY WHERE SERVICES ARE UNDER THREAT FROM DRASTIC PROPOSALS FROM SCHOOL GOVERNORS

With cuts this wonderful nursery will suffer and no longer be able to provide the standard of care and support to parents and the community it now does says GMB

GMB, the union for school support staff, are opposing plans by School Governors at Rowley Hall Primary Rowley Hall Primary School, Windsor Road, Rowley Regis, West Midlands to cut the service at Rowley Owls Nursery for local children and their parents.

School Governors want to integrate the Nursery into the school and removing the provision of care for 0-2 year olds from 1st January 2016.

They propose to:

•Remove all year round care by opening the nursery during school hours and term time only.

•Remove provision of care for 0 -2 year olds.

•Parents/Carers will be able to purchase care for ‘wrap around clubs’. (Breakfast/lunchtime/afterschool care – although no times have yet been advised)

•Make changes to staffing in the nursery

GMB members will be outside the school on Friday 2 October 2016 to speak to parents, staff and the community to support the campaign and to get signatures for the petition. See foot of this release on the GMB website www.gmb.org.uk for a copy of the petition. 

Darren James, GMB S85 Branch Secretary said “Members of Sandwell Council have been approached about the campaign and have expressed support. This will be followed up shortly with the leader of the authority and the councillors where they will be asked to pledge their support in writing.

With the inevitable loss of staff resulting from these proposed changes, this wonderful nursery will suffer and no longer be able to provide the standard of care and support to parents and the community it now does.

Once the drastic proposals are put in place the damage will be irreversible!

We are calling for the public to sign our petition now. We want the Council and Councillors and local MP’s to hear us loud and clear and we want them to listen to residents, the public and the nursery to prevent these drastic changes that will result in irreparable damage to a fantastic community nursery.”

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