Industrial action over Scottish teacher pay moves closer

The TES is reporting that industrial action in Scottish schools has moved significantly closer following a failure to reach agreement at a meeting on teachers’ pay and conditions…

The EIS union said it remained open to dialogue with employers over the summer. But it indicated that if substantial movement towards a settlement was not achieved by early in the new school year, a ballot for industrial action would be the inevitable result.

Councils have, however, called for “a large dose of realism” from the teacher trade unions, arguing that they have offered “a generous two-year deal” of 2.5 per cent backdated to 1 April, which they say is a good offer during a period of austerity.

Commenting after today’s Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) meeting, EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: “We have rejected the offer that was placed on the table by the employers’ side which fails to address our major concerns on excessive teacher workload, safeguarding teacher numbers and restoring short-term supply teachers’ pay and conditions while also falling short on a fair pay settlement for all teachers…”

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