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Furlough ??? And going forwards with agency ??

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Wheezie, Jun 15, 2020.

  1. Wheezie

    Wheezie New commenter

    I have spent a considerable amount of time looking at Martin Lewis site And I’m still confused. ive been with ranstad agency for two and a half years and have generally had work with them most weeks, sometimes odd days, sometimes a weeks booking. Like everyone else often nothing the first few weeks of term. .

    In February 2020 I started a regular 3 days week covering a teacher on long term sick leave. The end date of this was never known as they had no idea when the regular teacher would return. However then lockdown hit March 23 and I stopped working. I have been told by my agency I won’t get any furlough pay as I had t been in that actual position for long e ouch to warrant furlough. Gee thanks for that.
    from what I gather they are not legally bound to pay. But I don’t know. I was furious as my agent guy had been bragging how he was furloughed and having a great time with his family off work whilst being paid his 80%. And I get nothing. The teacher I’m covering will still be getting paid. Where do I stand??
    I’m thinking that if the agency doesn’t do anything I will apply directly to schools for future work from September and May and explaining how I’ve been treated by the agency and plus they would be financially better off by not using an agent. I think by September time there would have also been a long enough period that I wouldn’t or they wouldn’t be breaching any legal conditions by giving me work directly. I’Schools have always given me very positive feedback and specifically ask for me back.
     
  2. historygrump

    historygrump Star commenter Forum guide

    Wheezie

    They should in theory have put you on furlough, because you worked for them in February and the excuse they gave you seem is so full of bull droppings you could muck spread a whole field, this was the basically criteria for furlough that you had to work for an agency in February. As many of us have said, we will remember the agencies and umbrella that as treated us supply with disdain and contempt. I would read up and then remind them of the rules and criteria, you can the criteria on this forum.
     
  3. MissGeorgi

    MissGeorgi Occasional commenter

    Both my agencies pushed to get us on furlough and have been brilliant throughout. One I had only been with for about two weeks! Tell Randstad that if they don’t furlough you, you will leave and join another agency. Simple. There is no reason to stay with a bad agency. If you want a recommend of good agencies please PM me
     
  4. greeneyes

    greeneyes Occasional commenter

    It’s too late to be added now - the cut off date for new people to be added was last Wednesday. Your agency has well and truly shafted you here.
     
  5. leighboulton

    leighboulton New commenter

    As the furlough scheme is now closed for new people you could see these helpful links to apply for say hardship finding (Suggested by NEU)
    You can find details of the scheme and the changes at:
    https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/furlough-scheme-pay
    If your agency does not agree to add/ extend the furlough scheme and as a result you find yourself in financial hardship, please see the following assistance which may be available to you:
    Universal credit - details of which can be found here:
    https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit
    The NEU Trust Fund - details of which can be found here:
    https://neu.org.uk/trust-fund
    Education Support - details of which can be found here:
    https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/helping-you/apply-grant
    Teaching Staff Trust - details of which can be found here:
    http://teachingstafftrust.org.uk/
    The NEU also has a National Hardship Fund and the application forms and guidance for members are on our website:
    https://neu.org.uk/neu-hardship-fund
     

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