Hartley and others v King Edward VI College

Employment – Remuneration. The appellant teachers took part in a one day strike and, as a result, the respondent college deducted 1/260 of their annual salary to reflect the value of the service which the teachers had failed to provide on that day. That fraction was based on five working days per week. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed the appellants' contention that the appropriate deduction was 1/365. The court held, among other things, that pay did not accrue at an equal rate day by day and that relating the work to the total number of annual working days provided an acceptable principle which possibly erred in the employees' favour.

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