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PCS signs new recognition agreement

A trade union recognition agreement between PCS and the Training and Development Agency for Schools was signed this week by PCS senior national officer, John Hickey and the TDA's chief executive, Graham Holley.

The Training and Development Agency for Schools develops standards and training for teachers and the whole school workforce.

Graham Holley (seated left) chief executive of the TDA signing the recognition agreement with John Hickey, PCS national officer. (Photo: Jess Hurd).

In line with the Lyons Review, the TDA is planning to relocate to central Manchester by April 2010 with a planned transitional move to another building in central Manchester taking place between April 2009 and March 2010.

The transition and eventual relocation has concerned staff for some time and they have become even more alarmed as the organisation has driven the move forward despite the current economic crisis.

The union believes that the economic situation has changed so radically over the last few months that the costs to the tax-payer of such a move (part of the 2004 Lyons Review) require serious scrutiny.

PCS have written to the minister for children, schools and families, Ed Balls requesting a review.

PCS, whilst eager to begin negotiating with the TDA on the whole gamut of workforce matters, will be taking forward immediately members concerns over their planned relocation.

John Bramson, branch secretary at the agency said, "It is really exciting for all of us in the TDA; we have worked hard to establish this union in the organisation in a time of great change and uncertainty; we now have the opportunity to build a fruitful relationship between staff and management through the strong backing of the union.

We all have the common aim of ensuring TDA staff are best equipped to provide a first class education system for children and young people

 

"We believe this can only be positive for industrial relations. We all have the common aim of ensuring TDA staff are best equipped to provide a first class education system for children and young people.”

John Hickey, PCS senior officer for London and the south east added: “PCS is proud to be representing staff at the Training and Development Agency for Schools.

"Our members at the TDA play a vital role in ensuring teachers are trained and equipped to deliver a world class education service to children. We look forward to working closely with the TDA in defending and extending this crucial service”.

Approximately 300 people work for the agency in the Victoria headquarters.

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