Teacher Strikes – Further Planned Action

Like many other sectors, teachers have been striking over pay and working conditions amid a cost-of-living crisis and high inflation.

Following the first planned strikes a pay deal was offered by the government, but National Education Union (NEU) members have rejected the offer by an overwhelming majority. This means that further planned strike action in April and May will go ahead.

This is likely to result in widespread school closures again and it is unclear how much notice parents will be given if their child cannot attend school during a strike day.

Below we look at how you can manage and support employees who are again impacted by this action.

When will the further strikes be taking place?

England and Wales

  • Thursday 27th April 2023
  • Tuesday 2nd May 2023

Assessing the impact and deciding on your approach

We recommend you assess how the strike action will affect your workforce in good time. Holding discussions in advance of the strikes with those likely to be affected can help minimise any disruption to your workplace.

Despite there being no automatic right for time off for those affected by strike action, employers should make efforts to be reasonable. Some solutions include:

  • Working from home
  • Adjusting working hours
  • Swapping working days
  • Utilising annual leave
  • Authorised unpaid leave (including dependants leave)

However you decide to manage it, it is important to be consistent so that your staff feel you are being fair to everyone. Our expert HR team can help guide you through flexible working options and different types of leave. For further information contact us on 01484 841776.