The Morning Star reports that supply teachers are facing exploitation on the same scale as Uber drivers.
At its conference over the Easter weekend, the National Union of Teachers is likely to endorse calls for a change in the law giving substitutes full employment rights.
Supply teachers are typically employed through agencies, and often denied basic rights such as sick pay and holiday pay.
Many only find out on a day-to-day basis whether they are working, which the union says puts them in the same position as workers on zero-hours contracts.
NUT general secretary Kevin Courtney said supply teachers were part of the “gig economy” and the proportion of their pay skimmed off by agencies was “in every way as bad” as the premiums paid by Uber cab drivers.
“We’ve taken [legal] cases and won them, proving that supply teachers should be treated as employees, rather than workers,” he said.
Mr Courtney argued that the government should emulate the system in use in Northern Ireland, where supply teachers are provided through a national pool.
The union will also campaign to ensure that supply teachers’ legal right to parity pay afforded by the EU’s Agency Workers’ Regulations are maintained after Brexit takes effect.
Would a national pool of supply teachers work here? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter ~ Tamsin
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