Scottish teachers raise alarm over obscure legal clause in contracts

INews is reporting that teachers in Scotland face being permanently moved to another school with little notice and without their consent due to the misuse of a legal clause contained in their contracts, one of the country’s main teaching unions has claimed.

The NASUWT union has written to Education Secretary John Swinney to raise its concerns about the “mobility clause”, which allows employers to force teachers to move schools after they have been formally disciplined. 

It has highlighted the case of three teachers from St Augustine’s Primary School in North Lanarkshire, who were told by their local council that they would have to move to other schools from the start of this term following a critical inspection report.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, accused North Lanarkshire of wasting “scarce public money and resources” on legal bills. The union said the case has “national implications” and has written to Mr Swinney outlining its concerns.

“Imagine the stress, distress and deep sense of injustice you would feel if you were forced, by your employer, to leave your place of work for no valid reason,” Ms Keates said. “If the mobility clause is allowed to be invoked on such spurious grounds, every teacher across Scotland is at risk.” 

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said there was no “national agreement” on the use of mobility clauses for teachers in Scotland, adding that it was a matter for employers to decide “based on their local needs and circumstances”. 

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