In my department there are 7 teaching staff + the Head of Dept. Of which, 5 are in unions that have advised on striking. I am the only one who has said I will strike, and as a result the department is remaining open, although the other departments in school are not open for students. My strike, therefore, is having no effect. I am so cross that I am thinking of picketing. I too do not want to loose a day's pay/ have my pension affected, but I am following the advice of my union and thinking of the greater good and the bigger picture. I intent to distribute information from other unions( including UNISON) that members should not cover for striking teachers. The HOD in another department told staff that the only MOS in my department ( ie- anon me) had students out on work experience, so teaching would not be affected- this is not true as I have a full teaching timetable that day. If anyone covers my classes, I am going to be pretty darn miffed, and will find it difficult to relate positively to that MOS on my return. Anyone else worrying along these lines?