I do not want to be a member of a union. I find the concept of unions out dated, old fashioned and not very useful. But I would like to have insurance against a false allegation of physical or verbal abuse that might be made against me by a child. Is it possible to buy legal professional indemnity insurance for a similar amount to the union subscriptions? I joined the union because as a trainee we were urged to do so as protection against unfair claims made against us. So without thinking about it all too much I joined the NUT when I began teaching and switched to NASWT when the NUT when on strike. I really don't believe striking is a useful way of negotiating. But now it seems all the unions support strike action. So is there an alternative for conscientious objectors like me? I don't want to withdraw my labour nor to be called a scab but I'd like an insurance policy that helped pay for legal protection in the event of an unfair claim against me. Does anybody know of alternative options to the unions?