Teachers working in a sixth-form college have won a “landmark” legal victory over the amount of pay that can be deducted after a strike.
The Supreme Court decision follows a lengthy legal battle involving three teachers at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge, who took part in a union-led strike in 2011 over changes to public sector pensions.
After the teachers took part in the national one-day strike, the college deducted their pay by an amount equivalent to 1/260th of their annual salary.
However, Supreme Court judges ruled on Wednesday 24th May 2017 that only 1/365th should have been taken.
The ruling brings sixth form teachers’ rights up to date with staff in primary and secondary education and the decision could affect all teachers in sixth form colleges, ensuring too much pay is not lost when taking part in future industrial action.
“Time and time again employers have sought to use the 1/260th deduction instead of the deduction of 1/365th that the NASUWT has always maintained was the correct calculation.”
“When budgets are being stretched the importance of understanding the implications of strike and other forms of action is increased and all schools and colleges should ensure that they take proper advice.”
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