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HEREFORDSHIRE TEACHERS'STRIKE

IS THIS VICTIMISATION ?

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IS THIS VICTIMISATION ? Certificated Assistant to be Reduced ? Mr E H Hopkins, the local representative on the Hereford County Council, yesterday sent a verbal message to Mr C E Bker, late certificated assistant at Led bury Boys' School, by Mr E W Reed. another teacher on strike, that if he (Mr Baker) wished to return to the Ledbury Schools, he must take a position as an uncertificated assistant, as the County Council would not appoint certificated assistants here. The announcement has caused the utmost indignation and disgust in the town, for the action of the County Council (if it is really their intention of doing this) has all the appearance of dealing spitefully with the teachers, after a guarantee has been given no obstacles should be put in the way of reinstating the teachers. Should this unj ustifiable action be carried out, Mr Baker would lose L35 per annum in salary, and it cannot be claimed that the school is going to, cost more in consequence of the strike, for the only immediate increase is £ 10 to Mr Paul, who did not strike. Mr Baker's first increase is due in 1917 under the new scale, so that he gains no immediate benefit from the fight and now looks like losing his place. Mr Baker's work in Ledbury is well known. His ability as a teacher needs no comment.; the managers, the parents, scholars, and old boys can all speak of that. In the last Government report his was the only class in the school up to the average, and he and Mr Reed were spoken of in the following terms — "The senior assistants are earnest and capable men," and this is the man they think of shifting. We can hear the. parents, and those who care for the education of Ledbury children speaking with no uncertain voice on this matter, for the school is sufficiently, large to justify the inclusion of at least one fully qualified assistant. Mr Baker tells us that many times, before he struck he was told that if he did so he would never be allowed to go back in his old position, and it seems, if this message from Mr Hopkins is true, that the threat is being put into action.

ILEDBURY POLICE.

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I HEREFORD MAHKfT.

WELLINGTON -HEATH.-

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