Industrial action/strike

Voice is the non-strike, independent trade union that looks after the interests of its members and promotes the best possible practice in education and childcare; therefore we believe in negotiation and campaigning rather than industrial action.

Voice believes in the importance of promoting best practice in the education sector; which includes those involved in the sector putting the best interests of children and students as their first priority, thus we will never ask our members to take industrial action.

Voice does not undertake industrial action because we recognise the negative and damaging affect it can cause to the interests of those for whom we are responsible, such as negatively impacting a child’s education and the potential to ruin the relationship between teachers and parents/communities.

This gives us the principle on which we based our Cardinal Rule, found as Rule 4 of our constitution, namely “members shall not go on strike in any circumstances” which applies to all Voice members. Strike action includes any form of industrial action.

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Voice is determined in pursuing the resolution of its members’ problems through negotiation and we campaign vigorously on national issues within the education sector and actively support our members with their individual difficulties. The fact that we don’t strike does not limit our access to, or position within national and local government working groups and negotiations.

Whilst Voice members do not take industrial action, previous involvement in industrial action while a member of another union will not prevent you from becoming a member of Voice if you decide to change your union.

Further information is available for members (member only pages):

Alternatives to industrial action

The alternatives that Voice takes to industrial action include:

  • openly seeking opportunities and elected positions to promote Voice policies;
  • collecting petitions;
  • demonstrations/protests outside of working hours;
  • using local and national media and the Internet to generate debate and discussion;
  • creating public platforms to air concerns;
  • lobbying MPs and councillors;
  • gathering parental and community support;
  • seeking support from governing bodies;
  • persuading employers to declare their position on issues;
  • using employment law to register official disputes;
  • monitoring the efficiency and performance of employers; or
  • using your contractual rights to protest against employers who sanction disruption of the children’s education or care.