If industrial action does take place, it is vital for schools to respond in a measured way. Making the following preparations will help to ensure that things do not escalate to irreconcilable levels.

  • Gather information.

    • How many people are likely to take industrial action? (Note: The unions may sometimes refuse to help with this information.)

    • Are those not taking action likely to be able to cover duties that are not performed?

    • Are those who may vote for industrial action in a ballot likely to take action or not?

  • Communicate.

    • Make sure that school staff appreciate that they do not have to take industrial action, and that any action is likely to damage the school to some degree.

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