17 January, 2023
On the 16 January 2023, the NEU announced that their members had balloted for strike action and unlike the NASUWT ballot, the required thresholds had been met.
The strike action is set to affect schools across England and Wales on numerous dates throughout February and March, with the first date set as soon as 1st February 2023. The NEU have taken this step to send a strong message over teachers' pay and lack of funding in the education sector.
As this is the first widespread industrial action in a number of years in the Education sector, Education settings may be unaware of some of the practical issues which come about during industrial action.
Some schools may see little to no impact from the planned strike action, but for others it will mean that schools have no option but to consider changes to the way they operate.
The Department for Education have issued updated guidance to assist schools in taking all reasonable steps to remain open for as many pupils as possible.
However to best deal with the disruption schools should come up with a plan as soon as possible in how to deal with the industrial action. You should consider:
To try and assist schools with some of these questions regarding industrial action our education experts will be holding a Q & A session on Thursday 19 January 2023 where they will talk more about the planned strike action and everything you need to know. If you would like to book your free place, please click here.
For more information contact Jonathan Holden in our Education department via email or phone on 01772 220396 / 07976 278888. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.
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