To be honest, it wouldn't have made any difference if other unions had flagged this up, these changes to the pay and conditions of supply teachers was railroaded through by the largest union in the country (and many of their members), the SG and the LAs. The other unions were unable to influence the decision in any way. I, too, followed the situation closely and felt sure that I understood many of the changes and, ultimately, their effect on me but I was wrong. I have had a horrible experience so far and can only hope that I have now got to grips with the basics. I thought exactly the same and can't believe that, not only has our daily rate been destroyed but our holiday pay has been affected too. I have been lucky enough to secure one day a week probationer cover but only at point 1. The thought that my holiday pay has also suffered is demoralising but sadly, in the current climate of 'supply teacher bashing', not surprising.