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November 30th strike - Advice to members

posted 27 Nov 2011, 14:56 by Andrew Baisley
Q. Does my head teacher know about the action on the 30th Nov?
A. Following our successful ballot result I have written to your head teacher, on behalf of the union, informing him/her that members of the National Union of Teachers will be striking on Weds 30th Nov.
If your Head Teacher is a member of the NAHT they may well be striking with you.
Q. What do I do if my Head Teacher asked me if I am striking?
A. You are not obliged to answer and are not bound by the reply you give. Politely refer them to your school rep or if you do not have one to myself on 020 7974 8038.
Q. Will I lose pay ?
A. Yes. The action is unsustained. You will lose 1/365th of your  annual salary.
Q. I am close to retirement. Will striking affect my pension?
A. No. Striking will not have any effect on the pension you receive upon retirement.
Q. Are other workers at school on strike?
A. 9 out of 10 of the UK’s teaching unions are calling for strike action on the 30th.
19 other unions in the public sector have voted to strike. These include UNISON, GMB and Unite. Most of these unions will have members in your school.

Q. What can I do to make sure parents are aware of the reasons for our action?
A. We are sending leaflets explaining the reasons for the action to your NUT Rep. You could ensure that they are given to parents either directly or through the students prior to our day of action. If you do not have a rep, ring me, and let me have a contact name. Better still, elect a rep.
Q. What are Camden NUT members doing on the day of action?
A.  We are meeting outside the café in Russell Square Gardens at 11.30am (see map below) and are joining the main march at Lincoln Inns Fields at 12.15pm. The march is going to Parliament where there will be a rally.