i News reports that strikes in Scottish schools will be “inevitable” in the coming months unless struggling school staff are rewarded with better pay, the nation’s largest teaching union has warned.
The EIS said the pay offer to Scotland’s teachers must be “substantially improved” this year if strike action in schools was to be avoided, warning that poor pay made hiring teachers harder.
New Data published on Friday reveals how one secondary school in Aberdeenshire has failed to fill an English teacher vacancy despite advertising the position six times in as many months. Peterhead Academy in Aberdeenshire has advertised for an English teacher half a dozen times since July last year, but has so far received only two applications for the role.
EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said improving teachers’ pay would be the best way of encouraging more people into the profession and addressing recruitment issues. “The sad truth is, that for many highly qualified graduates, teaching is simply no longer an attractive career option,” he added.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has committed to a giving a 3 per cent pay rise to public sector workers earning up to £30,000 and 2 per cent for those earning more than £30,000.
But the EIS said the 2 per cent offer would “not be acceptable” to Scottish teachers, adding: “We…stand fully prepared to take all options – including industrial action – to ensure that teachers receive the fair pay increase that they deserve.”
Last October, the SNP announced that cash payments of £20,000 would be offered to people who leave their current careers to become teachers in key subjects.
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