Hi, Our school was going to be open on November 30th. The head wanted to keep it open. Lots of us were on strike, but the head was going to try hard to persuade the staff not to take part in the action. As a result, I planned to make a picket line and hopefully persuade certain people not to go to work. Just a peaceful protest, but at least if anyone intended to cross they would have to consciously make a decision. Then, late last week it was decided that our school would be on strike. Now, rather sneakily I feel, I've heard that a handful of staff plan to come in to work unannounced, with the head, so that they don't lose a day's pay so close to Christmas. They've done it as a secret little pact today, and are hoping they'll be able to come in and potter around at an empty school all day and get paid. The head has even made a few throwaway comment in the staffroom like "Oh, there couldn't have been a picket line anyway unless a union rep was present", which I believe is to dissuade anyone from picketing if they find out what plans she's made. a) Can we still picket? Do we need a union rep present, as I understood it that we do not. b) Is this acceptable behaviour? To make pacts in secret to protect one's money??