Scottish teachers pay talks break down after ‘final offer’

Teachers’ pay talks have broken down after a “final offer” was rejected. The EIS and SSTA unions, who have been campaigning for a 10% increase, said industrial action had now moved “a significant step closer”. The BBC reports.

The Scottish government and council body Cosla said their overall offer, which they say is worth up to 5%, was “generous and fair” and matches or betters other public sector deals.

The EIS has a mandate from members to hold a ballot on industrial action if employers do not make what the union regards as a suitable pay offer.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said it was “shameful that Scottish ministers have walked away from the negotiating table in this manner”.

Seamus Searson, general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA), said industrial action was now “significantly closer as a result of the Scottish government’s decision to abandon the talks rather than seeking to negotiate a solution”.

He added: “The SSTA had believed the government when it said it recognises and values the commitment and hard work of its teachers. The SSTA had also expected the government to recognise the damage the austerity measures had made to the teaching profession and support and reward its teachers appropriately.”

Mr Swinney said: “The Scottish government has worked with Cosla to put in place the best pay deal possible for 2018-19. This includes the Scottish government contributing an additional £35m for teachers’ pay.

“This will result in all teachers on the main grade scale receiving at least a 5% increase, with some teachers receiving up to 11% in one year in conjunction with annual progression.”

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