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The real “wasters” are the employers who, by their irresponsible employment practices, cost “the hard-working taxpayer”, “hard-working families” and “the long-suffering unemployed taxpayer”, millions of pounds in compensation, not to mention the pain and suffering that results from employer behaviour.
The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, secured £15,610,924 compensation for members in 2012.
The figure represented an increase of 24% compared to the 2011 figure of £12,625,509.
The compensation was awarded for successful claims for unlawful deduction of wages, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, constructive dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, age and trade union activity.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“It is clear from these cases that if employers operated good employment and health and safety practice, then teachers would not have had to face these traumatic events and there would not be costs of millions of pounds to taxpayers.
“These employers deliberately flout the law, but it’s the teachers and the taxpayers who pay the price.
“Behind every one of these cases is a person who has been damaged physically or mentally, either because of injury or unfair dismissal.
“The distress and pressure of the incident to the individual teacher and their family has often been compounded by years of legal action and court proceedings before any award is made.
“While compensation is important, it can never make up for the fact that many of these teachers suffer permanent physical and mental injury and often cannot continue in their chosen career.
“Sadly, as a result of the Coalition Government’s reckless and cavalier approach to the deregulation of health and safety provisions, employment and equality legislation, more of these cases will arise.”