Pay award 2019/20

The Trust confirmed the 2.75% for all staff on all pay ranges and that this had been backdated for all teaching staff to 1st September.

All members should therefore have seen the pay uplift reflected in their pay packet.

Further details can be found in the latest bulletin on the right/below.

Ark pay progression data

Ark has now analysed pay progression data for 2018/19. Overall, pay progression at Ark was 84%. However, the Union has raised concerns that progression for certain groups is lower.

Local JCC meetings

The Trust is committed to local JCC meetings where the NASUWT and other recognised trade unions can raise and discuss local issues relevant to staff working in Ark schools.

Protection of your pay and conditions under TUPE

Staff who transferred when the school became an academy transferred under TUPE and therefore benefit from the protections of TUPE. One of those protections is that changes to the transferred contract of employment cannot be made. Regulation 4(4) TUPE sets that out - any purported variation to the contract will be void. Therefore, requiring staff that transferred under TUPE to sign new contracts is not permitted. 

The protection from TUPE does not apply only to certain terms and conditions. TUPE applies to the whole contract. The employer cannot pick and choose which bits of the contract are protected by TUPE - it is all protected by TUPE and so there should not be any move to introduce new contracts.

Employees therefore have the legal right to transfer to the new employer on their existing terms and conditions of employment and with all their existing employment rights and liabilities intact. Effectively, the new employer steps into the shoes of the old employer and it is as though the employee's contract of employment was always made with the new employer.