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Sub teacher costs during sick day protest could top £10,000

De La Salle College in West Belfast.Picture by Hugh Russell.

A ROLLING sick day protest at a west Belfast school could end up costing more than £10,000.

Up to 15 of the 75 teachers at De La Salle College in west Belfast called in sick on four separate days in one week earlier this month.

Teachers were said to be concerned about an incident that took place last month and how it was subsequently handled.

On four consecutive days, between 10 and 15 staff took sick leave. One group of teachers took two days leave before returning to work followed by a different group taking the next two days. Typically, short periods of sick leave of one or two days do not require a return to work interview.

Teaching unions are to hold a series of meetings with education chiefs to resolve "numerous issues" at the school.

It is unknown how many substitute teachers were called in during this period. If every absence was covered, the school would have paid thousands of pounds.

Substitute teachers are paid on the relevant point of the salary scale based on years of service - points M1- to M6 on the pay scale - and performance - points UPS 1-3.

A sub can earn a daily rate of between £112.93, for someone on point M1, and £192.28 for someone on UPS3.

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