Scotland’s teachers to vote on improved pay offer

Teachers will start voting today on whether to accept or reject an improved pay offer. The EIS and the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) unions are balloting their members over the next three weeks. The BBC reports.

The deal would see teachers get a series of rises worth 9% in total then another 3% rise next year. Both unions are planning to hold strike ballots if their members reject the offer.

It would see teachers get a series of rises worth 9% in total by this April – some of which would be backdated as they cover last year’s rise and a change to the main pay scale.

Council leaders unanimously agreed to make the improved pay offer last Friday. The government says it will give them money to fund it.

Hours later the EIS national council narrowly voted to recommend rejecting it after rigorous discussions.

The ballots will run until February 21 and the results of the ballots are expected to be announced on February 22.

Another teachers union, the NASUWT, says it is already in the process of preparing for a ballot for industrial action.

A spokeswoman said: “There is deep anger among teachers about pay. There has been improvement on the original offer which is welcome but this is in the context of a decade of year-on-year cuts to pay with the adverse impact on teachers.”

In the event of strike ballots beginning in late February, there could be action before Easter.

Before a strike could take place, at least 40% of those entitled to vote would need to back it while the turnout would need to be at least 50%.

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