NUT member Louise Cronin of Glasbury Church in Wales School is pictured (above right) with a colleague – and their working model of a flour mill.
Melin Talgarth Mill near Brecon recently held its first training day, funded by Careers Wales. Teachers learned how the process of making our daily bread
spans the curriculum. They toured the mill before making a model and churning butter.
for details, or phone 01874 711352.
Tribunal win for NUT home tutor
The NUT has won a case at an employment tribunal on behalf of Jane Watts, a home tutor for Flintshire County Council, who was unfairly dismissed at the end of March 2011. The council cited ‘retirement’ as the reason for ending her employment.
Jane had been a home tutor for Flintshire for over 15 years, yet the council did not agree that she had an employment contract. It said she worked with a number of pupils over time, and this could not amount to a contract.
Jane was represented at the tribunal by Sarah Weaver, NUT Wales Solicitor. Sarah argued that Jane always accepted the work given to her by Flintshire, and that as a home tutor she accepted a succession of individual contracts which amounted to continuous service for employment purposes.
The NUT also argued that Flintshire had failed to follow any procedure when dismissing her.
The tribunal agreed, holding that Mrs Watts was an employee and had been unfairly dismissed.
Commenting on her success, Jane said: “I was upset that after 15 years’ service I was dismissed without a second thought and without consideration of my qualifications and the work I had done. The tribunal process was stressful but I am so glad I kept going. I even received support from parents of some of the pupils I had taught.
Jane added: “I hope home tutors are now treated the same as other employees who do the same work, and not as unfairly as I was.”
Spring term 2012 / Teachers in Wales
Cereal millers on the loose!
| Page 2
| Page 3
| Page 4