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Union suspends staff strike at Rotherham primary school

Teachers striking over head teacher's suspension. Image copyright Rotherham NUT
Image caption Staff said the suspension of Mr Richards was "unreasonable" and "unjustified"

Planned strike action at a school in Rotherham has been called off so pupils can take part in festive celebrations.

Teaching staff at Listerdale Primary School are angry over the suspension of head teacher Craig Roberts.

Lessons have already been disrupted by several days of industrial action by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

But is has suspended further action after parents feared pupils would miss the school's Christmas celebrations.

The union said strikes could resume in January if the issue was not resolved.

Talks planned

The Children's Academy Trust said Mr Roberts' suspension followed "serious concerns of a non-safeguarding nature".

The NUT called the suspension of their member "unreasonable" and "unjustified."

The trust said an "independent formal investigation" was in its final stages and the suspension would remain in force until it had been completed.

NUT regional secretary Ian Stevenson said officials had listened to concerns that children would be missing out on the school's Christmas celebrations.

He said officials planed to meet with the trust and the conciliation service ACAS to try and avoid further strike action.

A union spokesman added: "The trust should take note that unless a resolution is reached over the next week, they face the prospect of being served notice of strike action for the New Year."

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