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Breakfast Briefing for School Leaders | industrial action and strikes in schools

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With widespread industrial action looming – including several days from the start of February until mid-March across England and Wales – school leaders will naturally be concerned about the potential chaos that a mass walkout of staff could cause in the months ahead.

Watch our recent webinar to get clued up on the legalities of industrial action so you are prepared to respond, including practical guidance on your messaging to staff, cover arrangements and pay.

And with full closures or fewer staff on site, we address the knock-on effect on health and safety. Get some helpful hints and tips on managing risks during this period of disruption so that you can continue to meet your obligations under health and safety law.  

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Industrial Action FAQ for Schools

With so much uncertainty around this topic, this helpful FAQ aims to answer some common questions, including ‘Can we ask who will be taking part in industrial action?’, ‘Can we ask staff who aren’t striking to cover classes?’ and ‘What pay deductions should we make if staff take part?’

Specialist support through industrial action and beyond

Whether you’re an independent school facing increasing demand for union recognition or an academy worried about operational management on strike days, WorkNest’s Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety specialists can help you to understand the legalities surrounding industrial action and manage any subsequent fallout to reduce your risk of claims.

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