|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on January 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM|
The "sick" season is nearly upon us. January and February are the months when absences are highest and supply staff are in the greatest demand. It’s a great opportunity to make a stand against the unfair pay rates.
This is what we suggest:
If you are asked to come in on supply, check what rate you will be paid at. We suggest you tell DHTs/HR people that you feel you should be paid at your full rate and that you are only prepared to work on that basis. Many supply teachers are now doing this and many schools and LA’s have realised they must pay the full rate to get supply staff.
JUST SAY NO TO HALF PAY!
What all teachers can do:
We need evidence that the supply situation isn't working. Let us and/or your union rep know about:
· days when classes are unable to get subject specialists (or any supply teachers)
· amalgamated classes put into assembly halls or gyms to be supervised by DHTs
· teachers being "asked" to go below their minimum contact time (If anyone does that, they will be depriving other teachers of work. If asked yourself, just tell your DHT: “I’d prefer to stick to the proper rules on non-contact time please, thanks”
It is up to all teachers (regardless of union) to raise these concerns, via reps, so that elected members and the general public know what’s going on!