No sympathy for management

16th November 2007 at 00:00
Cliche time, I'm afraid. Chickens coming home to roost, hoist by their own petard, and so on.

Isn't it amazing that people who should know better, such as your commentator Anne Pearson last week, are now complaining about the consequences of management restructuring and job-sizing? These were foreseeable and were indeed predicted, but let me just point out a couple of things.

First, the restructuring was not part of the teachers' agreement. It was done independently by the local authorities against the advice of unions and teachers generally. Second, the job-sizing process was inserted into the agreement at the insistence of the management side.Having been closer than most to job-sizing, I can assure readers that the toolkit for this "tried and tested HR tool" was not arrived at entirely scientifically and objectively. It was "tweaked" to produce pre-determined answers.

Management saw it as a means to cut salary costs and took no account of what was bound to happen, because they do not understand how education really works.

Let them get on with it now, but they shouldn't expect any sympathy.

Bill Cooper, Highfield Circle, Kinross.

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