International School Toulouse - Injustice in Forum Information, Development and Communication Posted January 22, 2010 My own case was heard (for the last time?) a couple of weeks ago. I await the result in mid January, exactly three years after all this started. Finally, after three years... La Depeche Newspaper, Toulouse 22 January 2010 International School - The martyrdom of a teacher A teacher has won his case for unfair dismissal three years after being dismissed from the INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF TOULOUSE. On the 15/1/2010, the appeal court of Toulouse condemned Airbus Mobility for having unfairly dismissed M JONES NERZIC, a history teacher in December 2006. The decision heartened all those who have denounced for many years the mismanagement of the school. Georges Labouysse, a former Classic’s lecturer, tells how difficult it was to set up staff representative elections. ‘The headmistress of the time refused to comply with French law, theworks inspector even had to intervene. This lady, similar in style to Margaret Thatcher, never agreed to meet us and always sent her deputy head. The union CFDT managed in the end to get representation in this school, later it became known as the SRP SUNDEP (a private school teacher union). The headmistress lost her job and was replaced by Leslie Albiston. 40 teachers leave the school in 10 years. M Albiston carried on, according to the union, getting rid of teachers: there is even on Internet a photo of staff on which more than half of the teachers’ faces are crossed out. They were all dismissed for different reasons. Veronique LHOTE, a lawyer in the SABATTE practice, dealt with three of these teachers. First, Mrs Boyce, the headmaster‘s Personal Assistant, went to court after being sacked on ‘economic grounds’ but she won her case for moral harassment. Then Mrs Carlile whose ‘mistake’ was to accidently a joke email to a Y9 class. She realised straight away that she sent the email to the wrong person and corrected her blunder. She also went to inform the headmaster. The very same day, she was suspended and later dismissed. ‘ Finally, Mr Jones Nerzic whose only crime was to, at Mrs Carlile’s request, circulated her dismissal letter. The management accused him of having stolen the letter. The charismatic teacher who had initiated a Comenius 2.1 European programme called e-Help, a project that aims at training teachers to develop their ICT skills, was dismissed on the 23rd of December 2006. 4 court cases lost by the IST So is there a blacklist of people that M Albiston has tried to eliminate one by one people who are on it? Were the union members, only one out of 6 is left within the IST, specifically targeted? In any case, since 2000, 40 teachers have left the school, voluntarily or not. The three teachers who were defended by Veronique L’hote won their court cases, as did the deputy head. More relieved than happy, the teachers hope that the International school of Toulouse will comply by French Law. Mr Jones Nerzic now works in Brussels. The 40 000 Euros he won will not made up for his loss. We contacted the head teacher, M Leslie Albiston, several times yesterday but he did not want to comment on the case. Condemned for dismissal Dismissed, M Jones Nerzic has not yet recovered. His wife, Florence, neither. ‘We were both teachers at the IST, we had just bought a house near Toulouse, we had to move almost overnight. It was a real trauma for our 5 years old son. It was also difficult to find another job.” She describes. A teacher worshipped by his students, admired by the parents and respected by his colleagues. His only mistake was to join a union and to defend his colleagues. ‘The story of the stolen letter was just an excuse to get rid of me. I had about 20 interviews before I got another job. We moved to Slovakia for two years and now I am in Brussels at the European School’. The International School of Toulouse It was created in 1999. It is a private school with excellent facilities. There are 310 students from 4 to 18. The board is set up by Airbus who finances the school through its branch Airbus Mobility. The lessons are in English. Most students are from families who work for Airbus or its subsidiaries.