The BBC reports that the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) has surveyed members over the 2017 pay deal and on tactics to improve the settlement for 2018. It found 96% were prepared to take industrial action, with 64% willing to walk out on strike.
Two weeks ago Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS, said it was ready for industrial action over pay, warning a below inflation rise would be unacceptable.
Last month a backdated deal on teachers’ pay for 2017 was reached, including a 1% pay rise backdated to April 2017, and a further 1% uplift from January until the end of March 2018.
Of those teachers who responded to the SSTA survey, 77% said they were unhappy with this settlement, and 89% said it would not encourage teachers to stay in the profession.
Seamus Searson, general secretary of the SSTA said many of his members were willing to take strike action if necessary to secure a better deal for 2018.
He said: “At this early stage 96% of SSTA members are prepared to take industrial action for an above inflation pay award in 2018. 64% were prepared to take strike action with a further 32% prepared to take action short of strike action”
One teacher said levels of pay were insulting. “The proposed pay increase does not reflect the demands of the teaching profession. The proposal is insulting in terms of workload, constant development work and does not show the importance of the teacher and their contribution to society.”
A Scottish government spokeswoman said industrial action would “not be in the interest of anyone, least of all pupils and parents”.
She added: “This government was the first in the UK to commit to lift the 1% public sector pay cap, and the teachers’ pay deal for 2017-18 reflects this commitment.”
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