Industrial action guide
The Department for Education has published advice for handling industrial action in schools. The advice has been published following requests from headteachers and governing bodies in maintained schools and Academies. See the guidance here.
Industrial Action Pension Election Form
Absence due to a trade dispute will automatically reduce your membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and not count for the qualification of, or the calculation of, pension rights by the number of days you are absent from duty.
Once the trade dispute is concluded you will have the opportunity to pay 16% of your lost pay to have that period of membership reinstated by completing the Pension election form (MS Word, 60KB). Under the rules of the Pension scheme notification via this form must be received within 30 days of the strike day otherwise the opportunity is lost.
If you need any further information on this please contact Pensions at firstname.lastname@example.org on 020 8891 7262.
For centrally employed staff who are still in the Teachers’ Pension scheme there is no provision for buying back strike days, please view the Teachers’ Pension Scheme website for further information.
- A model letter for chair of Governors for VA schools (MS Word, 33KB)
- Letter sent to community schools from the LA (MS Word, 29KB)
- Advice letter to Heads and Governors (MS Word, 36KB)
- Advice from National Employers' Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST)
- 30 November 2011 strike action (MS Word, 34KB)
More information, including on managing the threat of industrial action, the requirements for ballots and employer notification, breach of contract and wider industrial relations and legal implications can be found on the LGE website.