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General Chat Thread, Wed 30th November - Industrial Action in General; Just interested what is happening around the country is your school closed or open. Just announced we are closed High ...
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    Wed 30th November - Industrial Action

    Just interested what is happening around the country is your school closed or open. Just announced we are closed High School & VIth Form college in Staffordshire?

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    Some members of staff are in but aren't teaching so they don't lose a days pay!! They are offering a 'baby sitting' service to yr's 7 and 8.

    Just gets funnier and funnier!

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    we've all been asked to inform SM of our intended action on that date.

    I am not in a striking union, and will be arriving for work as usual unless told otherwise by SM.

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    As far as i am aware, we are open to staff who are not striking, year 11's whoc want to come in for extra study time (im sure they will all turn up...really)
    I doubt there will even be a picket here, ive talked to one teacher who is striking and asked them what they will be doing, the answer "probably doing some marking and catching up on paperwork" so they are on strike but stil doing work....kinda defeats the object

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    Both my schools are closed to pupils but I will be in as usual as I am in a non-striking union. Unless there is a picket line which I wont cross

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Both my schools are closed to pupils but I will be in as usual as I am in a non-striking union. Unless there is a picket line which I wont cross
    My union is striking but im choosing not to, cant afford to lose even a days pay at the moment as ive just moved into a new house
    I've been told if there is a picket line and i choose not to cross my name will be added to the people "on strike" which i dont think is very fair as i have still attempted to get into work but have been prevented by something beyond my control

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    Well, you haven't exactly been 'prevented', have you? A picket line isn't a row of guys with baseball bats - they do have to let you through and they can't actually stop you.

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    Here, the Head is waiting to find out if the Site Team are going out before she decides whether toclose the school for the day.

    Don't know about anyone else here, but I'm 'withdrawing my labour'........but then, I'll do anything for a day off, these days.

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    True, i doubt the teachers will turn up anyway, like i said they will probably stay home and do marking or something

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    I've been told if there is a picket line and i choose not to cross my name will be added to the people "on strike" which i dont think is very fair as i have still attempted to get into work but have been prevented by something beyond my control
    As far as I know, it's illegal for striking staff to prevent those not on strike from getting into work. To be honest tho, I highly doubt you'll have a big picket outside your school anyway, we didn't when they went on strike before. Rather they joined the main one in the city centre.

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    We're closed to students. Still undecided as to whether I should come in. Could do with a nice quiet day to catch up on work...

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    I believe the picket line is limited to only 6 people per union, per establishment.

    As for our place, they have yet to make a decision on whether or not the school will be open to pupils. It is definitely open for staff to avoid non-strikers getting a day off paid.
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    You also cant be forced to cross a picket line, but you can be docked a days pay but there can be no other action taken against you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgardner View Post
    I believe the picket line is limited to only 6 people per union, per establishment.

    As for our place, they have yet to make a decision on whether or not the school will be open to pupils. It is definitely open for staff to avoid non-strikers getting a day off paid.
    I've heard the same about the 6 people limit, not sure how it would work at my college as we have over 5 sites but who knows.

    I'll be coming in anyway, great chance to clear stuff without interruption!

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    very much doubt anyone here is striking, we will be open as normal. but then we're not state run, so if we close the school, we lose money as a business not just as individuals (plus the bad rep it would send out)

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