Industrial action: FAQs

Get answers to your questions about strike action. Find out about the rights and responsibilities of staff in your school, and how your school should respond to industrial action.

updated on 25 January 2023
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  1. How to use this article
  2. What's the current state of play?
  3. How your school should respond to strike action
  4. Cover and teaching arrangements
  5. Rights and pay for striking workers
  6. Practical considerations for strike days

These FAQs are based on:

See the sources section at the bottom of this page for the other guidance, advice and legislation that these FAQs draw from.

How to use this article

Most of these questions are operational, so your headteacher or senior leaders will handle them. However, you can use this list to:

  • Understand what happens during a strike and stay informed
  • Hold your headteacher to account for areas that you're responsible for – for example, ask whether they're meeting health and safety requirements

Reminder: who is the employer in my school? 

The local authority (LA) in community schools, voluntary controlled schools, community special schools, and maintained nursery schools The governing board in voluntary aided and foundation schools The academy trust in academies and