The TES is reporting that members of the EIS, Scotland’s biggest union for teachers and lecturers, have “overwhelmingly” voted to accept a two-year pay and conditions offer from local authorities.
The deal includes a 2.5 per cent increase in pay over two years: 1.5 per cent for 2015-16 and a further 1 per cent for 2016-17. The EIS will move for formal acceptance at the full meeting of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers later this month.
EIS members, who make up more than four in five of the country’s teachers, voted in favour of the deal by 83 per cent to 17 per cent.
General secretary Larry Flanagan said: “Teachers have acknowledged the positive elements of the overall package and the degree of financial certainty that comes with a two-year agreement, even while recognising that the pay award itself is disappointing…”
The deal contains some positive elements not related to pay, the union said, including: a commitment to examine problems around supply teaching; an agreed set of principles and action on managing teacher workload; and, “crucially”, a separate commitment from the Scottish government on maintaining teacher numbers.
Last month the salaries committee of the NASUWT Scotland union rejected the offer after “overwhelming” opposition…
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