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AWR after 12 weeks and sick pay

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Bytor, May 14, 2019.

  1. Bytor

    Bytor Occasional commenter

    I have passed the 12 weeks, and AWR has kicked in.

    Won the battle re being paid to UPS3.

    Can anyone tell me whether I am now eligible for sick pay.

    Despite numerous emails to agency handler, and promises that they'd get back to me once they've heard back from the school, I am still awaiting a definitive response after 5 weeks.

    Thanks

    Bytor
     
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    You should be able to find your answer somewhere online or your union may know.
     
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  3. Bytor

    Bytor Occasional commenter

    Gosh. I never thought of that.

    In all seriousness, many sites are unclear about it.
    I will be phoning my Union, if I get a chance during the working day or commute.

    I just hoped some wise sage here could tell me
     
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  4. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    LOL

    Yes, there probably is someone who will know and perhaps you will get a reply after 5:00 when people are back from teaching.
     
  5. 50sman

    50sman Senior commenter

    Depends on the agency I think as they are the employer and not the school
     
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  6. agathamorse

    agathamorse Occasional commenter

    50sman is right. We're agency employees so it depends on what the contract says.
     
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  7. FrauRussell

    FrauRussell New commenter

    I believe as long term supply you would be eligible for SSP paid by your agency. This is payable after 4 consecutive days illness. You would need a doctor's certificate after the self certification period. Your agency will be able to tell you how to apply if needed. It's a flat rate of pay and is not related to how much your working pay is. You don't get paid for the first 3 days.
     
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  8. Bytor

    Bytor Occasional commenter

    Thanks folks

    Agency handler finally came back and told me the same as FrauRussell.

    Heaven knows why he couldn't obtain this information weeks ago, and kept saying he was waiting to hear back from the School, when it is actually the agency itself.

    S'ppose I shouldn't have expected him to know much beyond selling.
    Agency staff tend to be just like a shop salesperson, who doesn't know anything beyond the product on the shelf in front of them.

    We are mere commodities.
    Next week, he could be selling fridges, cars, or houses.

    Some can match the poor reputation of many car salesman and estate agents

    Pity they don't realise that we are actually their only assets.

    Sick pay is pants.
    So if I get the lurgy, I will drag myself in and see how many permanent staff I infect.

    Perhaps that's the idea, in the hope the School requires more cover teachers.

    Right, glad I got that off my chest.
     
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  9. Bytor

    Bytor Occasional commenter

    Glad you took my "tongue in cheek" reply the right way
     
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  10. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Of course... It was funny!

    On a far more serious note...

    If you have a mortgage you should ensure you have mortgage protection insurance if you don't already.

    Also, ensure you have legal protection cover somewhere on house insurance or similar.

    Ensure you are in a union.

    All the above steps should help should something happent to you at school on supply whether it is an accident or allegation or a number of other things that can happen.

    Agencies will not help if it happens and you will be 100% on your own but you probably know that already.
     
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