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We're on their side;Letter

JANICE ROSS says in her article, "Don't be silent about the supply scandal" (TESS, July 2), that at last month's annual meeting of the Educational Institute of Scotland the South Lanarkshire motion on the setting up of a committee to represent temporary and supply teachers was rejected by delegates. The opposite of the case, and the motion (strongly supported by Ms Ross herself) was overwhelmingly carried.

The reality, despite Ms Ross's assertions, is that the EIS works hard to represent and protect the interests of the growing number of teachers on temporary or supply contracts, often in the face of unscrupulous employers who abuse the very limited contractual protection afforded to such teachers. The passing of the South Lanarkshire motion will mean that, in addition, temporary and supply teachers will have direct representation at a senior level within the EIS.

John Patton, President, Educational Institute of Scotland.

* The Editor writes: Unfortunately an early draft of the article was used not one that recognised the success of the South Lanarkshire motion. We apologise to her and to the EIS.

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