Potential Industrial Action

Dear Parents / Carers,

As you may be aware from the recent media coverage, members of the NUT teachers’ unions are intending to take industrial action on Wednesday 26 March 2014 in relation to their concerns over the on-going changes to their pay, work conditions and pensions proposed by the government.

This means that some teachers will be taking industrial action on that day.  The action (a one day strike) is not against the school itself, but is part of national industrial action organised by the unions with regards to proposed changes to their members’ pensions, conditions of service and workload.

This follows on from the industrial action that a significant number of our school teachers undertook, which led to a school closure for students on 30 November 2011 at Crestwood College, although we were able to keep the school open on a second strike day, Thursday 17 October 2013, as a very small number of our teaching staff chose to take action.

There is no requirement for unions to inform us of which members of staff will take action, as there is no obligation on members of unions to follow a strike call.  However, in the interest of your son or daughter’s safety and welfare, I have requested that teaching staff colleagues advise me whether they intend to take action.  If we have a high number of staff taking action it could possibly lead to either partial or full closure of the school.

Neither the Governing Body nor the Head is legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike.  However, our main concern is the safety of our students.  The decision to close the school is never taken lightly but in this instance, where staff have elected to take lawful industrial action, we have no choice but to take appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our students.

Therefore, this letter is being sent to give you an early warning that the governors and I will need to consider the action we will have to take.  The outcome of this consideration may be communicated to you very late, given that colleagues are not obliged to notify me of their intentions for the day.

We will continue to update you with news via the school’s website, Parentmail and by letter for those who have not signed up to our email system.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and continued support.

Please be prepared that in the worst case scenario, the school will be closed on Wednesday 26 March 2014.

Yours Sincerely,

Krista Dawkins
Headteacher