Teaching unions are balloting their members for strike action for above inflation pay rises. Lots of information is circulating with the different unions about potential strike action. The following article helps clarify the status of each union.
Status of each union
Teaching Unions balloting members for strike action on teachers’ pay
- NASUWT 28.10.22 to 09.01.23
- NEU from 28.10.22 to 13.01.23.
Any strike action is expected to take place from end of January onwards.
The NAHT may be balloting their members
ASCL no news
Preliminary Ballot results:
- NEU asked their members
“Do you agree that you should receive a fully funded, above-inflation pay rise?”
98% of those who responded said yes
- Recommended that the pay offer was accepted.
- On 25 October Unite announced the results of its pay consultation.
- Its members have voted to reject the employers’ final offer by 78% to 22%.
- Members voted to accept pay offer.
NJC expectation remains that the full Trade Union Side will be meeting on Tuesday 1 November to discuss the results of their respective consultations and to decide whether to formally accept the employers’ offer.
In previous years Unite and GMB have accepted the pay offer and it has been implemented.
What to do on a strike day?
Striking workers can be covered by agency workers, so agency staff may be able to go into schools if strikes were to take place – if schools can find them and they are prepared to cross the picket line.
Support from Schools’ Choice Team
We are following the situation as announcements are made and will be providing advice and guidance about:
- How to manage employees planning to strike
- What records to manage for payroll and pensions purposes.