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FFS - you have NOT had 2 days notice of strike action! Sorry, FB again.

(166 Posts)
IHeartKingThistle Mon 07-Jul-14 13:37:52

School mums all over FB mouthing off about being given '2 days notice' about the strike on Thursday. We had a letter last week saying there may be action on that day and they would let us know. And IT'S A NATIONAL STRIKE! IT'S BEEN ON THE BLOODY NEWS!

If I hear one more person say 'let's fine the school, see how they like it' I may lose it. It's school, not childcare. It's a shitty time to be a teacher and no-one is listening.

Rant over. Feel free to ignore me. grin

IHeartKingThistle Mon 07-Jul-14 13:38:25

Apologies for the missing apostrophe in the title. Rage does that to me grin

Icimoi Mon 07-Jul-14 13:39:03

YANBU. You would have had to have your head very firmly stuck in the sand to be unaware of this.

NickNacks Mon 07-Jul-14 13:41:10

YABU not everyone can arrange short notice cover.

YouTheCat Mon 07-Jul-14 13:41:15

It's ok. There's no missing apostrophe in the title. grin

This strike has been on the cards for ages.

NickNacks Mon 07-Jul-14 13:42:29

Not me btw, but I understand what a pain in the arse it can be for parents.

gordyslovesheep Mon 07-Jul-14 13:42:56

It's NOT short notice though ...

Yanbu op and as to the fine/holiday thing ...arghhhhh makes me get the rage!

YouTheCat Mon 07-Jul-14 13:43:28

It's supposed to be a pain in the arse. What would be the point in a strike that caused no disruption?

NickNacks Mon 07-Jul-14 13:44:04

It is if your school hasn't decided if they will be open or closed yet and will let you know 'in due course'.

NickNacks Mon 07-Jul-14 13:44:52

But it's disruptive to children, the very ones the teachers are supposed to be committed to.

kim147 Mon 07-Jul-14 13:44:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

soverylucky Mon 07-Jul-14 13:45:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Lilaclily Mon 07-Jul-14 13:45:23

teachers dont have to declare their intention to strike

so if a school hasn't decided to class on that day the class teacher might decide to strike and therefre your child miht be off school

ergo short notice

kim147 Mon 07-Jul-14 13:45:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Lilaclily Mon 07-Jul-14 13:46:01

should say even if your school is open your class might be closed

TheOldestCat Mon 07-Jul-14 13:46:43

I knew it was coming from the news, but didn't know if it would affect our school until last Thursday - so a week to sort childcare. We have no family help so I have to work from home that day and it's a right fricking pain (I'm lucky I CAN work from home, I know, but I've got to let people down by not being in the office).

And school is childcare for me - I've already paid for after-school club that day and that's out.

It's possible to feel sorry for teachers (and I do) and support their right to take industrial action, while being pissed off. It is a massive pain in the arse, but so is a child being ill, the childminder being off etc. Just one of the many joys of the working parent.

ICanSeeTheSun Mon 07-Jul-14 13:47:25

I still haven't had any communication from the school about this. I'm having an operation tomorrow and I need to get this sorted, i 100% agree with teacher rights to strike. I just want to know if I need child are or not

YouTheCat Mon 07-Jul-14 13:47:34

Heads aren't actually allowed to ask their staff if they are going to strike.

The fact that UNISON is striking too (so TAs etc) means that most schools will probably be affected.

IscreamUscream Mon 07-Jul-14 13:47:41

It's school not child care... Yes it's school a place of education for children to attend five days a week. I understand it is a hard time for Teachers but they should not be possibly doing this yet again for the third time in a year and so near to the end of term and the six weeks holidays. People will start to lose sympathy with them and the cause.
Maybe parents are busy and run of their feet to take notice of the news that they will now have to loose a days annual leave because Teachers are not where they are supposed to be that day, yabu

flowery Mon 07-Jul-14 13:48:18

"There may be action" and it being on the news don't really count as notice imo. If people have to organise time off work/childcare etc, they need to know definitely either way. So whenever they get definitely told this is happening, the school will be closed (or whatever), that's the point they've had notice and can start making arrangements.

And the OP is right there is a missing apostrophe! 2 days' notice.

IHeartKingThistle Mon 07-Jul-14 13:48:41

Letter went out last week giving the date and saying they might have to close. Lots of people saying they didn't get it - I can't comment on that as both of mine came home with one. Email notification of definite closure this morning. I think they only found out how many staff were striking this morning.

I know it isn't easy getting childcare but the school have played it OK here as far as I'm concerned. And I am 100% behind the teachers.

Lilaclily Mon 07-Jul-14 13:49:03

We haven't had anything saying our school will or not be closed

YouTheCat Mon 07-Jul-14 13:50:44

Omg, flowery, you're right. I am mortified. grin

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 07-Jul-14 13:51:05

We were given notice on Friday. The dc's school try to keep as many classes as possible open during strikes, so we never know if we will be effected until we get the letter despite news coverage.

They sent a text message today, outlining changes since the letter on Friday.

And as I said on the last thread in the same vein, if school is not childcare, then someone really ought to remind the government of this.

I support anyone's right to strike but things need to be put into place by the government to support working parents. They do, after all, expect parents to work when their child reaches school age, thus implying that school is a reliable form of childcare.

IHeartKingThistle Mon 07-Jul-14 13:51:30

It's OK, I'm the English teacher one who left it out!

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