Injured teachers given millions in compensation
April 06 2010
Teachers were awarded millions in compensation last year for incidents taking place at school, the National Union of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), the UK's largest teaching union, has said.
According to the union, around £8.8 million were given to its members who had faced discrimination, unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages or personal injury.
Chris Keates, the general secretary of the NASUWT, said the teaching union was pleased to have helped many of its members, but added that "it is of deep concern that many of the claims could have been avoided if employers at school and local authority level abided by their statutory duties and responsibilities".
Mrs Keates urged employers to take their legal responsibilities seriously and save millions of pounds of taxpayers' money every year.
In other news, the Association of Lecturers and Teachers has been awarded a coveted prize in recognition of its efforts to boost the progress and professional development of its members.
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