GMB Members in Schools - NUT Industrial Action

11 Mar 2014

The NUT have announced that they intend to take strike action as part of their campaign against government proposals on teachers’ pay. This action is likely to affect schools across England; their next action will take place on 26th March 2014.

GMB respects the rights of other trade unions to take industrial action. GMB members in schools have not been balloted to take part in any form of industrial action and therefore they are advised to continue with their normal duties and responsibilities.  However, GMB members should not take on any additional responsibilities that are given to them directly as a result of the teacher’s industrial action.

For e.g. School support staff should not be expected to provide cover for or take classes, where teachers who are taking part in the action would normally do this. In particular, Higher Level Teaching Assistants or cover supervisors should only take classes or provide cover where it is timetabled as part of their normal contractual duties. Staff should not be moved from the duties they would normally carry out in order to frustrate the industrial action of colleagues. 

GMB members who come under pressure to cover should contact their GMB rep, branch or region for further advice and support.

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