The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

I was sad­dened, though hardly sur­prised, that fel­low teacher Lucy Nuttgens ( JC, Oc­to­ber 3) is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­culty in be­ing granted ab­sence with pay for Yom Tov ob­ser­vance. Some years ago, ex­as­per­ated at hav­ing had to suf­fer years of docked pay for this rea­son, I took up the mat­ter of leave for re­li­gious ob­ser­vance with my lo­cal au­thor­ity, Leeds. My teach­ers’ union aided and ad­vised me.

There fol­lowed an 18-month, 60-let­ter-long ex­change of cor­re­spon­dence in­volv­ing my school, my ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­ity, my lo­cal coun­cil­lor, my union and me. In the end, with my as­sur­ance that, if granted ab­sence of leave with pay, I would make up the hours in some other way, my school un­der­took to pay me, ir­re­spec­tive of change­able lo­cal-coun­cil pol­icy.

I am glad that the Board of Deputies has be­gun talks with teacher unions on what must be a vexed mat­ter for many Jewish teach­ers. What po­si­tion if any does the Jewish Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion take on the sub­ject? Mike Fligg

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