Teachers accept 13% pay proposal to end strike threat

Members of the country’s largest teaching union, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), voted to accept the Scottish Government’s deal staggered over three years – bringing talk of further strike action to an end. STV reports.

It offers a 3% rise backdated to last April, 7% from next month, and a further 3% from April 2020 with a total increase of 13.51%.

The proposal also includes additional commitments to tackle workload, support teacher professional development, and enhancing the leadership programme.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: “The campaign has been a significant success and has now secured an improved proposal that will increase teachers’ pay by at least 10% by this April, compared to current salary scales.”

The ballot closed on Wednesday at noon with 98% of members voting in favour, with a 76% turnout.

Mr Flanagan added: “The package is good news for Scotland’s teaching professionals and for Scottish education, and it has been achieved by the unity and determination of EIS members across the country.

“All that remains is for Cosla, as the employers, to formally adopt the proposal at its leaders’ meeting on Friday of this week and to then make an official offer through the SNCT.”

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