By Glenn Wickman •
Updated: 28 Apr 2023 • 8:24
Serena Farr has been a teacher in Mallorca for the last 10 years. Image by Oksana Kuzmina/Shutterstock
Serena Farr currently works as an intern at the Official Language School in Palma and has been a resident in Spain since 1993.
For the last 10 years she has worked as a temporary English teacher at several public schools on the island, but claims that since 2021 the regional Education department has excluded her and another British teacher from the list of interns due to Brexit and the fact that she does not have Spanish nationality.
Ms Farr filed an initial appeal that was ignored by the Balearic Island authorities, prompting the teacher to raise the issue with the European Commission, which ruled in her favour and forced the regional government to rectify, as the Withdrawal Agreement entitles long-term British residents to maintain their employment rights despite no longer being European citizens.
Despite the victory, Educació is now reportedly preventing her from taking part in the stabilisation process for interim staff and denies her the option to take part in the competitive examination procedures, known in Spanish as oposiciones.
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Glenn has been working on English-language newspapers in Alicante Province for more than 16 years. He currently writes the local news and Social Scene events for the Costa Blanca North and Mallorca editions of the Euro Weekly News.
‘To discriminate’ is a verb which has both positive and negative uses. As the use in this article is negative, you need the preposition against because when it stands alone it could mean either.
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