When schools were closed and exams cancelled as consequence of the Covid pandemic, invigilators from Grey Court School, Richmond (part of the Every Child Every Day Academy Trust) had previously-agreed shifts cancelled. The school refused to furlough them on 80% of the expected pay. under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Instead, the invigilators were offered 35% of their expected pay as a gesture. Zero Hours Justice attempted to negotiate with the school for a higher payment, but without success. We also accompanied the invigilators at an online meeting with the school.
How can the budget be exhausted when the exams have been cancelled and the invigilators (including myself) have not been paid? If anything, the budget is untouched and fully available to do what it was intended to do, which is meet the cost of paying invigilators.
I tried to explain to my employer that the Government schemes and guidance has been put in place to enable them to support their staff during this difficult period. His cold hearted response was to offer me a 35% loan. I was so shocked!
It seems that invigilators across the country are not really respected by schools. My school informed me, pretty much, that I was lucky to receive any offer of payment at all.
Who can afford to take a 65% cut in salary? What I would normally receive for working virtually full-time through the exams season is a significant part of my annual income.
I’ve been employed as an exams invigilator at Grey Court since 2008 and I’m really disappointed with the salary proposal.