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Rep spotlight


Tim Connors has been the IEU Rep at Insearch Language Centre since 2013, after taking over from long time incumbent Vlad Keremidschieff. Tim has always been a very active rep, being deeply involved in bargaining and assisting any members with individual concerns. Tim is about the hand over the reins himself, and took the time to reflect on his period in the job.


“I took on the role because it’s essential”, he said.. “It is self evident that there must be a counterpoint to management”, to level out the imbalance of power between employers and employees.”


Not that Tim is a wild eyed radical, and he sees the need to be reasonable. “Probably the most important duty is as a mediator between teachers and management,” he said. Tim is often the voice of reason in disputes involving both individual members, and the collective, and his calm approach has help resolve several flashpoints over the years.


Tim’s proudest achievements have been through the bargaining process. “Several years ago we had a particularly challenging negotiation involving contact hours for teachers. We achieved a very satisfactory outcome . . .which gave teachers a healthy mix of on site and off site work to perform their duties”. Tim also reflects fondly on another bargaining round which saw a significant salary increase, and “has kept Insearch teachers in the top bracket of earners in the industry”.


Tim now feels that the time has come to pass the baton on to the next rep, and in that regard he has been well served by a committee of four – Julie Wilcox, David Mann, Kevin Lorimer and Didi Dunlop – who are well placed to build on the work by Tim, and Vlad before him. Membership has nearly doubled over the last six years, so Tim leaves the Chapter in great shape.


Well done Tim, and thanks for all your hard work!