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GMB Gets Smokey Classrooms Fixed

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

GMB Campaign Wins Solution To Smokey Classrooms In Bexhill High Academy.

Since bringing the story to light last year GMB has heard from numerous local residents also concerned about the smoke.

GMB, the union for school support staff, welcomed the news that Bexhill High Academy is to rebuild faulty chimney stacks that have been allowing smoke to re-enter the school building since 2010.  And that action must be taken to clear up the problem.

Rachel Verdin, GMB organiser, said, “Following a GMB union campaign and collective grievance academy chain Prospects has agreed to rebuild the problem chimney stacks. This will ensure that the health and safety of everyone working and learning at the school is put first as staff and pupils have been suffering the effects of the bio-mass boiler emissions since the school opened in 2010. 

Since bringing the story to light last year GMB has heard from numerous local residents also concerned about the smoke. 

Neighbours reported being unable to let their children play in the garden for fear the fumes would aggravate their asthma.

Prospects academy Trust is now tendering to have the chimney stacks redesigned and replaced with a new extended height by the summer of 2014.

Prospects was not originally at fault, but with the ‘duty of care’ under the Health and Safety at Work act 1974 they have the responsibility to sort out the problem.

An invitation was made to ESCC and Kiers who originally commissioned and built the school to attend the last grievance meeting but they refused to accept the invitation. It has been a three year struggle to get to this point and hopefully with the redesigned chimney stacks this will be the last of this particular matter and Bexhill High’s pupil, staff and neighbours will be able to  breathe again.”

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Contact: Rachel Verdin, GMB Organiser on 07931 769 733 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823

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