Industrial action can involve employees 'going on strike' or taking other action, like for example, refusing to do overtime. The latter would be referred to as ‘action short of a strike’.
Industrial action happens when trade union members are in a dispute with their employers and the dispute has not been solved through negotiations.
A trade union can only call for industrial action if a majority of its members involved support it and this is ascertained by way of a 'ballot'.
For academy settings communications will be direct with you as the employer as opposed to the local authority, which is the case for maintained settings.
Guidance for academy leaders
- FAQ document - Industrial Action FAQs
- Guidance - Managing and Planning for the Threat of Industrial Action - January 2023
- Latest government guidance on strike action - here
- Checklist - before, on the day of and after strike action
Template letters & Documents
- Letter for the workforce - advising on local arrangements for strike day
- FAQ Sheet for Workforce (to accompany letter)