NOTTINGHAM CITY NUT


Frequently Asked Questions

TAKING PART IN THE INDUSTRIAL ACTION

What forms of industrial action are we being asked to take?

Following the well-supported regional strike action in June and October 2013, the NUT Executive has now decided it is necessary to call on members to take national strike action on 26 March 2014. The ballots held in 2011 and 2012 allow members to take strike action without the need for a further ballot.

The NUT’s action short of strike action – aka ASOS – continues, so NUT members are encouraged to continue to participate alongside NASUWT members. This action short of strike action will continue indefinitely.  The NUT’s ASOS instructions to members are available at www.teachers.org.uk/campaigns/protect-teachers.

 Will the NUT tell my employer and head teacher/principal that I'm taking part in strike action and action short of strike action?

The NUT is required by law to give employers 7 days' notice of the number and description of members it is calling upon to take action in each workplace. NUT HQ sends this information to each employer (the LA, governing body, college corporation or academy trust) as required by law.  NUT HQ also sends a copy to each head teacher or principal.  

The NUT will send notice to employers of strike action on each occasion, including before the strike action on 26 March 2014.  The NUT has already notified all employers with regard to action short of strike action - NUT members can take steps in furtherance of this action as set out in the NUT’s ASOS instructions at any time.

The above information is the only information which the law requires to be provided by anyone.  The NUT does not have to provide the names of individual members to the employer.  Individual workers are not required to provide any information whatsoever. If a head teacher or principal attempts to circulate details of trade union membership or information confirming which members have participated in strike action, the NUT representative should notify the NUT Regional Office for a robust response

Do I have to tell my head teacher / principal whether I personally intend to take industrial action?

Individual NUT members do not have to tell their employer whether they personally intend to take part in action short of strike action or go on strike. If your head teacher or principal asks you to tell them or sign a form, you DO NOT have to do so. The law does not require you to do so, no matter what you are told. The NUT nationally, as required by law, gives employers 7 days' notice of the number of members it is calling upon to take action in each workplace. If individual NUT members are asked whether they personally intend to take strike action, the NUT representative should advise the head teacher / principal that the information legally required has been provided by the NUT nationally and should advise NUT members to ignore any such request. If a head teacher or principal attempts to circulate details of trade union membership or information confirming which members have participated in strike action, the NUT representative should notify the NUT Regional Office for a robust response.

Are there enough of us to make an impact in my workplace?

Strike action maximises the possibility of making an impact in every school or college. Even if the number of NUT members in your workplace is small, every one of them will be part of a national declaration of teachers’ strength of feeling which will have an impact well beyond your own workplace.

Can new members of the NUT take part in the industrial action?

Any new members can participate in strike action or action short of strike action  with the same protection as all other NUT members provided they join the NUT before taking action. They should contact the NUT Records & Subscriptions Helpline on 0845 300 1666 or 020 7380 6369 (open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm) or by visiting the NUT website www.teachers.org.uk.

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