I'm not 100% striking but I do believe if you choose to strike then you are on the picket line for your shift! My mother is striking being a civil servant and is a union rep and said "I'll be home by 9am as my stint is 7-8.30am! We can shop then!"
When the nursery nurses were striking in 2004, friends off mine often took off shopping or going out for lunch. They didn't quite like me saying that wasn't what striking was about.
Yabu. I'm a teacher. My issue is with the government not the school or the children I teach. There is no way in the world I would stand on a picket line at a school gate and expect children to decide whether to cross it or not. The teacher's unions have arranged marches, rallies etc, which seem like much more appropriate ways to get the message across than picket lines (in this example)
The ones who are lazy are not the ones striking. I have a friend who chooses not to strike knowing that enough of his colleagues will be to ensure the school is shut. He gets a day off anyway but keeps his pay. To me he is am example of the lazy ones!
It's not appropriate for the teachers to have a picket line- especially when a third of schools are partially open. If it was up to the kids all schools would be shut today. Why should they have to cross a picket line or feel intimidated by the sight of a large group of teachers outside school looking angry? My son's teacher will be demonstrating in Central London today which is where she should be.
Surely striking involves letting others know that you disagree with the other side. If the other side doesn't know your opinion, what's the point of striking? I an shocked by the post about nqt teachers needing someone to explain the strike/pensions etc!!