NI. Substitute Teachers Deserve to be Furloughed

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NI. Substitute Teachers Deserve to be Furloughed

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Equal Rights For All Teachers started this petition to Peter Weir (Education Minister) and

Many Substitute Teachers in N.I go unpaid due to Covid 19.

We ask for your help in getting substitute teachers the same financial support as those who have been furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and those who are self-employed who will receive 80% of their NORMAL incomes.

I like many other substitute teachers have been working as a daily supply for many years working on average 4 days a week. I have always paid my taxes and national insurance and now have no income due to COVID-19.

Like so many of you in this worrying time the impact on finances affect my young family who are already worried as their dad is a key worker for the NHS. I would like our Government including the Education and Finance Ministers to agree to furlough us. 

In a response I received on behalf of Peter Weir MLA, the Minister of Education, it explained how he “recognises” us BUT is

dependent on securing additional funding.’

So while he sees the need to support us he can’t seem to find the money. Yet, they can fund MPs £10,000 each to support them to work from home. School budgets are going ahead as normal so where is the money that normally goes to pay substitute teachers ???

The email goes on further to state that:

“In the meantime, substitute teachers will continue to be required to provide day-to-day cover within schools in the coming weeks to support schools as they provide school places to the children of frontline health workers.  Teachers, both permanent and those registered on NISTR will be prioritised for work before volunteers are used.  You may therefore wish to ensure that your contact details and calendar availability are up to date on the NISTR system.” 

This translates as: Wait there Key Worker and make sure you have everything up to date but don’t expect pay like the rest.

Regardless of anyone’s political views through the pandemic we hear that we must keep in line with the rest of the UK. HOWEVER, as most substitute teachers in England are through agencies they are being furloughed and Scotland have agreed to furlough substitute teachers too. So I ask why can’t we? 

 

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