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UK union dispute settled after protests

A dispute between British Studies Centres (BSC) and the TEFL Workers Union in the UK on behalf of one of its members has been resolved, following protests, including one outside an agents conference in Seville, Spain. 

The Gazette understands, from an independent source who attended the conference, that the action was in support of a long-standing member of staff who was alleged to have been promised a payment which had not been forthcoming.

A statement released by the Union stated it was happy to report: “Our member at the centre of the dispute has reached a mutually agreeable settlement with BSC,” adding that in light of information received from the company it acknowledged that “several of the statements we made about BSC over social media and printed matter were not correct at the time of sharing.”

The Union goes on to state that, “BSC has assured us that they offer stable contracts and good pay, and welcome the opportunity for dialogue with any union that supports the welfare of its members.”

While the Union has held several protests in support of members, as reported in the Gazette, this is the first demonstration we are aware of to take place outside a conference for language travel agents taking place outside the UK.

Before the settlement, the EL Gazette reached out to BSC for a comment on the dispute, but have received no reply.

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Melanie Butler
Melanie Butler
Melanie started teaching EFL in Iran in 1975. She worked for the BBC World Service, Pearson/Longman and MET magazine before taking over at the Gazette in 1987 and also launching Study Travel magazine. Educated in ten schools in seven countries, she speaks fluent French and Spanish and rather rusty Italian.
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