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TEACHER WINS SOUTH LANARKSHIRE SACKING POLICY TEST CASE

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A teacher who challenged South Lanarkshire Council's attempt to change his conditions of employment by giving unele...
A teacher who challenged South Lanarkshire Council's attempt to change his conditions of employment by giving unelected officials the right to sack teaching staff, has won an employment tribunal case against the authority.

The Herald (p15) reports that under Raymond Catt's contract, and that of thousands of other teachers, only elected members of the council's education committee could dismiss teachers.

In a landmark ruling, the tribunal agreed that Mr Catt's employment conditions with the former Strathclyde RC should have remained unchanged when he transferred to South Lanarkshire under local government reorganisation.

In its findings, the tribunal found the procedures were part of Mr Catt's contract of employment and, as such, they remained binding and could not be changed without agreement.

Yesterday the assistant secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, Ken Wimbor, said the ruling would have implications for other councils seeking to implement similar contractual changes, including two - Edinburgh and Argyll and Bute - who are due to face similar tribunal challenges.

Mr Wimbor added: 'There will be significant repercussions for other councils. We have had a number of applications for tribunals pending on the outcome of this decision. These councils will be well advised to look very closely at this decision before taking things any further. It is a very well argued and comprehensive decision.'

A spokesman for South Lanarkshire said: 'We are obviously disappointed. All we are trying to do was have a consistent and fair procedure for all South Lanarkshire employees, including teachers.'

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