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Outclassed assistants

Published 16/04/2008

The education boards have 90% of classroom assistants signed up to the variation of contract.

I can see why this is a good deal for them. I fail to see, however, how Lily Kerr of Unison can seem so pleased with the affair, as was seen on TV.

I know of a classroom assistant who signed the variation of contract, received her buy-out money, and is likely to be evaluated at the highest rate. Her joy is somewhat diminished now her back pay is being retrospectively calculated on the 36-hour week devisor (part of the buy-out). She is roughly £15,000 worse off in her expected back pay.

J Hunter


Belfast Telegraph

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