It's not about what you do, it's about what you don't do. If you turn up, you sign in and the school pays you. If you don't sign in, you provide a doctor's certificate. If you don't meet either of those requirements, you lose a day's pay and get disciplined quite severely if you are not eligible for a strike.
Therefore if you are going to strike, check with your union first due to the screw ups I mentioned above. If you aren't actually eligible to strike, you will be in serious trouble.
I have to be in anyway, except I'm off to Twickenham Stadium for a tour, lunch and the kids to present to CEOs.
How can they check eligibility? Ask for your Union card?
"Are you in $StrikingUnion?"
"Then why were you not in work?"
Well I've checked I'm a unison member of long standing employed in a standard local authority school. Not sure what I'm going to do.
Me missus just wants me to go in to 1) not rock the boat and 2) not loose the money!
My school is not known for striking, but there are a lot of staff planning on going off tomorrow. Pretty much all of the teachers, some SLT and all the age 35+ TAs. Office staff will be in, but they always do.
I have made sure I've turned my work phone off (even though it's brand new!) and from midnight I will not connect my VPN - just to ensure if I do strike that if anything goes wrong (like the Hyper-V print server I need to delete and recreate the virtual switch for twice weekly!) I cannot be blamed for doing it on purpose.
I believe bog standard LA schools are eligible.
Being a VA school, we just received confirmation from Unison that we were not balloted and therefore should not be on strike. I myself am a member of Voice so I can't strike anyway, but I am not hiding my annoyance that my colleagues have been stripped of their right to take action. I don't see how it can be acceptable for so many academies, etc to be stripped of employment rights like this. Unison's Twitter feed refused to respond last night when I questioned them...
Not one person off here, the school is running as normal. Heard on the radio that some schools have even shut there have been that many staff go on strike! The traffic was awful too wounded if that has anything to do with it!
It has been my view all along that part of the government's penchant for Academies and also for local pay scales is in order to break the power of the unions. If every strike has to be co-ordinated by balloting every school seoarately because they all have different. Employers and different employment conditions then it makes it far harder to have national strikes... even if the reason for striking is because central government is failing to provide sufficient funds.
No change in traffic. 2 pickets at the gate. 5 of us in from about 12. I have 8 days left in the LA so left the union.
Just had a call from a school. I have just imported........... and can't see it. Can someone call me back?
There's only me here
What have you done to them?
They are all on strike.
Oh. Oh yes
Okay tomorrow will do, good luck
Not only has there been very low pay rises for staff, but this year the pay rises and the increased pension costs have not been paid for by central government. There has been no extra money to the schools/academies to pay for them.... so staff had only had pay rises because the school has decreased spending on something else.
The same is happening for 2014/15. It is making budgets very tight in schools.
Open as normal today, but no canteen food so packed lunches. 3/4 of the admin staff that are out. The IT department are in, but not much else on the admin side of things
Likewise, we are fully open and its even our Year 6 day :)
Originally Posted by abillybob
So we are all here working as we should be.
No staff striking at all here.
If the government brings this one up again the reply is clear - how many people turned out to vote for the Police and Crime Commissioners?
Originally Posted by Theblacksheep
Don't see the point in Police & Crime Commissioners, there was a documentary on channel 4 about one from Essex, she was awful and got psi nearly 60k a year for... how can I put this politely doing sweet FA!
Originally Posted by SteveBentley
That's a lot of Officers wages for one person and quite frankly I'd rather have more active officers on the street then a Police Commissioner, the police have enough problems with finance as it is and then they go buy a 60k person to sit in an office playing with her dogs, WTF!
My opinion :)