Watch: Teachers at a language school protest against working conditions
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English as a foreign language teachers employed by Clubclass English Language Schools (CELS) demonstrated in front of the school on Monday. The teachers were accompanied by executive members of the Union of Professional Educators (UPE).
In a statement, the UPE said on Sunday that a unanimous vote had been taken by teachers in favor of a strike.
UPE explained that she and the teachers at Clubclass English School are officially tired of waiting for Clubclass owner Joe Aquilina’s leisure time to sit at a table to discuss his school’s issues. .
The union said last week Aquilina contacted the ELT board saying it was ready to start talks so as not to make the problem worse. However, nothing has happened since.
The union explained that Aquilina’s apparent will was welcomed, noting that teachers were awaiting a reconciliation meeting.
“Unfortunately, no communication of this type could be communicated, because Mr. Aquilina was once again noted by his absence”, noted UPE.
UPE says teachers in English schools have the right to unionize
FELTOM is closely monitoring the situation
Over the past few weeks, FELTOM has engaged with the Union to help set up a meeting with Clubclass which has been proposed by Clubclass for July 20th. However, the UPE considered that this delay was not acceptable, FELTOM said in a statement released on Monday afternoon.
“While as a Federation we remain deeply committed to ensuring that our member schools provide better working conditions in accordance with the law, we ask that common sense prevails,” the federation said. I
FELTOM urged teachers, UPE and the school to work together, especially in these difficult times. Only if we do, will we truly protect educators and the ELT industry as a whole.