Union attacks school 'privatisation' plans

Braintree and Witham Times: The Maltings Academy, in Spinks Lane, Witham, could be affected by the move. The Maltings Academy, in Spinks Lane, Witham, could be affected by the move.

A UNION has slammed plans to privatise support workers at two Witham schools.

The GMB says non-teaching staff at the Maltings and New Rickstones academies face being transferred to a joint venture company, which is 49 per cent privately owned.

It is part of a move by parent charitable group the Academies Enterprise Trust to move 525 staff at 79 schools nationally.

A statement on its website said the trust hoped to increase the money and resources it put into its schools.

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1:13pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

That's right sack the support staff by privatising - then rehire them for less when they cant get a job. The aim of privatisation is to lower the wages of those at the bottom...
That's right sack the support staff by privatising - then rehire them for less when they cant get a job. The aim of privatisation is to lower the wages of those at the bottom... Jack222
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1:46pm Fri 14 Feb 14

keith_l says...

Actually, the GMB has contacted staff with a grossly innacurate letter, scaremongering to gain membership.

Academies Enterprise Trust is conducting a consultation and tendering exercise which may result in some areas of support staff being outsourced, but no decisions have been made and it won't be a blanket solution. The governors of each academy will have the final say.

There are two AET schools in Witham, and there may be some benefits to centralising teams supporting both (who already work closely together anyway).

read the FACTS here: http://www.academies
enterprisetrust.org/
page/support-service
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Actually, the GMB has contacted staff with a grossly innacurate letter, scaremongering to gain membership. Academies Enterprise Trust is conducting a consultation and tendering exercise which may result in some areas of support staff being outsourced, but no decisions have been made and it won't be a blanket solution. The governors of each academy will have the final say. There are two AET schools in Witham, and there may be some benefits to centralising teams supporting both (who already work closely together anyway). read the FACTS here: http://www.academies enterprisetrust.org/ page/support-service s-%E2%80%93-notice-r egarding-possible-jo int-venture keith_l
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5:12pm Fri 14 Feb 14

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Thank you kieth_i.

I read the complete page: Jack222 -- you might be calmed to read it all too but certainly the following:

"If any staff are transferred to a new legal entity under our control, their contractual terms are protected by law. This means that salary scales, pensions and conditions of service would continue as they are now. Support staff would continue to have the right to benefit from the Local Government Pension Scheme and all existing pension rights would be preserved."
Thank you kieth_i. I read the complete page: Jack222 -- you might be calmed to read it all too but certainly the following: "If any staff are transferred to a new legal entity under our control, their contractual terms are protected by law. This means that salary scales, pensions and conditions of service would continue as they are now. Support staff would continue to have the right to benefit from the Local Government Pension Scheme and all existing pension rights would be preserved." /@|_|@\
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