The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers, has made innumerable attempts to initiate some form of communication with the owner of Clubclass English Language School. 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. All of this so as to try to convince their employer to acknowledge their constitutional right to affiliation to a trade union, and to initiate talks with the said union on issues which go against their rights as workers.
The employer has to date resisted any attempt to sit down and discuss, and has even ignored the call for a reconciliation meeting with the DIER. The UPE and the employees were outraged at such a blatant show of brazen presumption and during a meeting discussed other options which might be taken into consideration to have their voices, not only heard, but listened to.
An ultimate decision was taken, voted for, and unanimously agreed upon. If this situation persists, in the very near future, on a date as yet to be announced to the public, Clubclass teachers who are members of the UPE will go on strike. This strike and the reasons for which it will be taking place will be shared on the local media, on social media, and with other unions abroad advocating for EFL teachers’ rights.
The employer will be informed of the strike, should matters be pushed far enough for it to happen. He will receive formal notice 48 hours before it all takes place. Until then, the union and the teachers will stand by the directives which are currently in force, but time is running out, and we are all set and ready to take this further, standing as one.