Clubclass teachers now part of trade union; strike is over – UPE

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83% of the teaching staff working at Clubclass English Language School are now members of the Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers (UPE), meaning the end of a 15-day strike. This comes after UPE demanded for the constitutional right for the teachers to affiliate with a trade union.

A statement issued by UPE explained that since this request was acted upon, all directives for Clubclass teachers are being lifted with immediate effect All direct communication with the school will be reinstated, all regular administrative work previously handed in will be completed as usual, and the strike has been lifted. As from Monday the 27th of July, 2020, Clubclass teachers will be returning to work.

The UPE will not be working with Clubclass to determine the way forward for the coming months, with the aim of ensuring an improvement in  the teachers’ conditions of work and of safeguarding their livelihoods.

In the past weeks, the teachers working at this school were given a series of directives by the union whereby work-related communication was discontinued, attendance sheets were not handed in and schemes of work and any educational resources were not forwarded to the school. The UPE said that these directives were instructed with the aim to initiate talks with the employer regarding the workers’ constitutional right to affiliate with a trade union. However, the employer had been resisting attempts to discuss.