A figure which seems to climb, year on year. One set to continue to grow. Of course, this is an obscene waste of public funds : But obscene because responsible and competent government, governance and management could slash it overnight – by obeying employment and equalities laws. No surprise, then, that Gove, Pickles and the bunch of assorted nitwits want to kill facility time.
The real “wasters” are the employers who, by their irresponsible employment practices, cost “the hard-working taxpayer”, “hard-working families” and “the long-suffering unemployed taxpayer”, millions of pounds in compensation, not to mention the pain and suffering that results from employer behaviour.
The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, secured £15,610,924 compensation for members in 2012.
The figure represented an increase of 24% compared to the 2011 figure of £12,625,509.
The compensation was awarded for successful claims for unlawful deduction of wages, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, constructive dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, age and trade union activity.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“It is clear from these cases that if employers operated good employment and health and safety practice, then teachers would not have had to face these traumatic events and there would not be costs of millions of pounds to taxpayers.
“These employers deliberately flout the…
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