Teachers’ strike – consequences for employees

The announcement of strike action by Dundee’s school teachers is bad news for working parents. Parents who cannot make suitable childcare arrangements will be forced to take a day off work. This will not be covered by the legislation which gives the right to time off (without pay) to deal with family emergencies. This means working parents will either have to take a day’s holiday (if they have any holiday entitlement remaining) or lose a day’s pay. A working parent who takes the day off to look after children when schools are closed due to strike action could risk disciplinary action if they do so without their employer’s consent.

Sandy Meiklejohn
Partner & Head of Employment Law Unit

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