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Contingency plans put in place
BUSINESSES across Hampshire have issued guidance to staff as classrooms across the county slam shut tomorrow.
Some of the biggest employers in the region have put contingency plans in place or discussed the options available to staff as parents attempt to juggle their jobs and childcare.
Southampton City Council has advised staff to make necessary provisions with line managers if they are affected.
A message sent to staff read: “If your child’s school is closed or partially closed, where possible you will need to make necessary provision – taking annual leave, flexi or time off in lieu, working from home if possible, or rescheduling working days. If you think you may be affected by the strike action please ensure that your manager is aware so that they can make contingency plans as required.”
Hampshire Constabulary issued an internal statement to staff earlier this week informing them of company procedures ahead of the teachers’ strike.
It read: “Staff are advised to plan ahead and consider their childcare arrangements as early as possible in the event that they are impacted by a closure of their child’s school.”
“We cannot guarantee that you can have this time off as annual leave or a rest day in lieu.
“Staff and officers are encouraged to discuss with their line management the ways in which they could best cope in the event that a teachers’ strike impacts on their lives.”
Southampton General Hospital says it will increase childcare facilities to limit the impact of the strike, while British American Tobacco says it has flexible options available to employees.
City centre banking firm HSBC said most staff have access to technology to work from home, while workers at Southampton Solent University will have to use normal annual leave arrangements.