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Discussion in 'Retirement' started by tabathadrew, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. My union can`t represent me because I changed to them at the end of last year. I dont know which way to turn and feel like giving up on life
  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

  3. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    OK, so your next option is to have a look at your home insurance and see if you have inclusive legal cover on there. Many do and employment disputes are usually covered by this. You need to go to see a lawyer who specialises in employment law. In any event, the first appointment is usually given at no cost.
  4. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    Sorry - my last offer posted before I could edit...
    I wanted to clarify that your difficulties only started at the beginning of this term, when you went sick, yes? And you changed unions at the start of the (presumably academic) year? Unless there were ongoing difficulties of which this is a continuation before you changed union, they should be supporting you. Contact them again at regional or higher level. You have entered into a contract with them to provide you with services.
  5. No the union insist they cannot help. I changed to them too late on this issue. I am worried I wont get six months sick pay. It is making my husband feel even worse; he is seriously ill and I am going under.
  6. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    Ok...then try the home insurance for legal cover option or your local CAB. Advisers there are trained in Employment Law. xx
  7. Hi Thabatha. Check your inbox. I have sent you personal message.
  8. hi tabatha, there is no reason why you should not get 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay but you need to be signed off by your doctor.
  9. All unions have a 90-day rule - you must be a member for 90 days before they will even consider helping. It's to stop people joining only after they get in trouble. They make exceptions for NQTs but not established teachers.
  10. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    It may be that things have changed in the 4 years since I got IHR. However, my application did not cost me a penny! TPA accepted a report from my consultant and the psychologist who was treating me. Simples! The only difficult bit was having to nag TPA for 10 months to get them to move through the paperwork faster than snail's pace!
  11. gooddays

    gooddays Senior commenter

    Hoping things are going well. Did you go back to work April 2? We're interested in how you are doing, tabathadrew!
  12. I returned to work earlier than planned and shortly after I arrived was asked to attend a Capability meeting regarding my role as HOY. The meeting was horrendous - the accusations held no water but it became clear that no matter what do, they want rid of me. I have been set unachievable targets with a review meeting in six weeks (I think).
    After 15 years at my school I cannot believe this is happening to me. I have an excellent record but the new Head seems to want to force me out.
    I dont know what to do. My GP would sign me off again if I asked. I am 55 in October but now realise I cannot afford ARP at such a young age. My husband will not be able to work again - he has not worked for several years. He has a progressive illness.
    I cannot give you an idea of the hell we have experieced over the last few months.
    If it wasnt for the arrival of Easter I wouldnt have lasted long mentally. I am terrified of going back after Easter and just dont sleep. I am not religious but spend much of my time sitting in church praying/begging for help.
    What on earth is happeining out there to good, reliable, effective, experienced, competent teachers? How can this be allowed to happen?
  13. Hi Tabatha
    I feel so sorry for you and recognise the horror and disbelief of your situation. I faced a similar situation in a job previous to my teaching career when a new boss clearly didn't want me around. This is horrendous and should not be allowed to happen - but unfortunately it does! Unfortunately you are unlikely to be able to win him/her over and even if you could - would you really want to? or are you capable of continuing in this way?
    I would suggest you get yourself back to the doctors - you are clearly in no position to go back after the holidays. Get yourself signed off for as long as possible - perhaps get the LA involved - that usually makes schools very careful about their behaviour.
    Then look at your finances in a "worse case scenario" if you don't go back at then end of your sick leave. Is it really impossible - or doable at a pinch? Could you do supply, tutoring, tesco's checkout to make up any shortfall?
    Only once you have all your options in front of you can you see what is possible and feel you have some choices.
    There are lots of us rooting for you - and others that will just be thankful it isn't happening to them - yet! Keep us informed - you are in our thoughts...
    Karen x

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