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Offices will need ‘contingency plans’ for strike school closures

Employers have been urged to set up a contingency plan to deal with the possible impact of school closures later this month.

Teaching unions have confirmed that their members will stage a walk out on June 30th, on the same day as thousands of other workers in the public sector down tools for the day as part of a row over pensions.

The move may leave many businesses in the private and public sector in a pickle for the day as parents may have to have the day to deal with the unexpected childcare needs.

Andrew Forrest, from law firm Weightmans, said that employers should set up a contingency plan to deal with this.

He told HR Magazine: “It is essential that employers consider the impact of staff absence and the effect it may have on the performance of key tasks and activities, ensuring adequate measures are in place.”

He added that employment legislation afforded protection for staff to take unpaid time off for domestic emergencies.

Union leaders have warned that the current public sector austerity measures could lead to years of industrial unrest, the like of which have not been seen since the 1920s.