Defend Mr Mitchell for raising H&S concerns and protecting the well-being of pupils.

Taverham High School

The week beginning 2nd November 2020, Mr Mitchell (former NEU H&S Rep) continued to raise concerns over health and safety within the school, following correct school procedures. Serious concerns centred on ventilation throughout the school, and pupil safety within the Year 7 bubble.

That same week, Mr Mitchell was in the final stages of escalating union procedures regarding action to protect CEV and CV members.

Mr Mitchell was accused of ‘bombarding’ management by sending on average two emails a week since September.

Mr Mitchell’s focus has always been the protection of CEV and CV members, the school community and their families, and the wider community of Taverham.

On January 4th, Mr Mitchell tabled two motions during a private NEU meeting. In subsequent days, these motions were used to his detriment, as Mr Mitchell was placed under investigation.

Mr Mitchell was suspended on Tuesday 18th May 2021, after he raised further serious concerns on pupil safety and well-being.

He is facing possible dismissal for his alleged behaviour, raising concerns about the welfare and safety of pupils, staff, their families and the wider community of Taverham during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Mitchell was legally permitted to raise Health and Safety concerns as an elected Trade Union representative (SRSCR, 1977), and under s7 of the HSWA 1974 as an employee.

We ask you to sign this petition to ensure these rights are defended. An attack on representatives and Trade Union members like Mr Mitchell is an attack on the Trade Union itself.

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Petition by
Sarah Saul
Tyneside, United Kingdom

To: Taverham High School
From: [Your Name]

Mr Mitchell has been suspended and is facing disciplinary proceedings by Taverham High School for engaging in Trade Union activity as a Health and Safety rep’ and Union member during the pandemic.

He was legally permitted to raise these concerns as an elected H&S Trade Union representative (SRSCR, 1977), and under s7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 as an employee.

It is also part of the teacher standards to safeguard the well-being of the pupils.

As an elected Trade Union representative, Mr Mitchell was legally entitled to express his concerns and criticisms of employers on matters of interest to union members and the public, without fear of detriment (TULRCA, 1992).

This is a fundamental right of trade unionism and freedom of speech, as enshrined in Article 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Trade Union rights are human rights.

We, the undersigned, call on Taverham High School to reinstate and drop all disciplinary proceedings against Mr Mitchell, and to respect the rights to Trade Union representation at work without fear of detriment.