Industrial Action, 17.10.13
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I know that many parents will be wanting to know if Hart Plain Junior School will be open on Thursday 17th October, when the National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers have a planned day of industrial action. The teachers are under no obligation to tell me before the day itself if they will be striking. However, they understand that parents are likely to need to make arrangements for childcare etc. and want to make sure that this is as unproblematic for you as possible.
Almost all of the teachers have let me know either way today, but I am waiting to hear from just a couple, who will tell me first thing tomorrow (Friday) morning. At this stage it seems likely that most of the teachers will not be taking action, but that a few will be. This will mean that children in some classes will be asked to stay at home, whereas others will be expected to come into school for lessons as normal. You may be aware that employers are not able to require union members to cover for a striking colleague, or to employ agency staff to cover their duties.
I will email and text parents by lunchtime (tomorrow) Friday to let you know which classes I expect to be running as normal, and which I expect not to be. I'll also put a message on the website and will send home a letter via 'pupil post'. I hope that this will give parents of children in those classes affected by the industrial action enough time to organise childcare.
I very much regret the disruption that this will cause to the children's learning, but hope that you will understand that the decision to strike or not to strike is a personal one which no teacher will have taken lightly. I apologise for not being able to give you any definite information today, but will let you know either way tomorrow.
Please, as ever, do get in touch if you have any concerns or wish to discuss this with me.