Just wanted to share what I'm doing, and I wonder if we can get some sort of campaign going. Lots of UK schools are closed due to teacher's industrial action next Wednesday 26th March. Given that we parents have absolutely no leeway when it comes to taking children out of school during term time and will be hit with heavy fines per child if we do without permission, I'm invoicing my local education authority for failing to provide education on this day. They haven't asked MY permission to allow the school to close.....Now I'm not expecting them to pay this at all, but I am wanting to cause a stink. They can close the school over the pay and pensions row, but I can't take my children out of school for a funeral. Sorry - rant over... if anyone wants to copy the invoice, let me know and I'll post it. Thanks!
As others have said, there is no way a school would know what Union you are a member of. For the record, after 13 years I changed unions this year to join the NUT after getting so pissed off at all the meddling in education and disruption for our students and to us as teachers trying to support them.
Sometimes people switch unions according to the union presence in a school, this may be more pronounced in the primary sector. If I started working at a school and everyone else was in the NASUWT I might switch . Although they should have striked last time.