22 April 2010
Teachers affected by transport chaos 'should not be penalised'
Teachers who were unable to report to work due to the travel chaos seen over the last week caused by the volcanic ash cloud drifting over Europe should not be punished.
This was the message from the NASUWT union, which pointed out that many education professionals have been stranded abroad.
General secretary of the organisation Chris Keates remarked: "This situation is affecting workers and workplaces nationally and internationally. To single out teachers is totally unreasonable and unnecessary."
Her comments follow reports that a local authority in the West Midlands warned that teachers who fail to report to work would have their pay docked and would need to reclaim this from their travel insurers.
According to Ms Keates, employers should be aware that they are vulnerable to legal challenges if they penalise teachers in this way.
Now, the majority of flights in the UK have resumed, meaning passenger backlogs can begin to be tackled.