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pensions strike - a dispute with the government, a headache for the school

30 June 2011

Today ATL and NUT take action against the government's proposed pension reforms. Picket lines are in place and cars are already beeping horns in support. It is, however, not the government who has to deal with the consequence of the strike but individual schools.

Although Michael Gove has hinted at ways to keep schools open, reports say that one third will be closed with another third partially affected It is extremely difficult for schools to safely remain open. Not knowing which staff are in which union means that schools generally have no way of knowing who will be on strike. With strict rules preventing the use of agency staff to cover lessons, many Head Teachers and Governors are forced to a position where they have no option but to close the school. With no clear end to this dispute, schools may look to more innovative (but time consuming) ways to keep schools open in the future.

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