EIS: Teachers Pay Offer 'Falls Short'

Representatives from EIS, NASUWT, VOICE and SSTA on the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) have rejected COSLA’s 3% pay offer, and rebuffed any moves to offer differentiated pay deals for teachers at different grades.

As we reported on earlier today, trade unions responded poorly to the 3% offer, and felt that they had been left out of the negotiations. The EIS, who represent over 80% of Scotland’s teachers, had been aiming for a pay rise of at least 10%. They believe this is needed to counter the years of austerity which has left Scotland one of the few OECD countries where teacher pay has fallen since 2005.

Commenting, a spokesperson for the Teachers’ Side of the SNCT said:

“The Teachers’ Side negotiators have rejected this offer of 2% / 3% for Scotland’s teachers, as it falls far short of the 10% pay claim that was submitted via the SNCT this year. The Teachers’ Side also rejected any notion of a differentiated deal that would award lower pay increases to teachers at some grades compared to colleagues at other grades. The offer that has been proposed by employers fails to deliver on the need to value education and value teachers by delivering appropriate salaries for Scotland’s teaching professionals.”

“There is a growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention across Scotland, and declining rates of pay is one of the key factors contributing to this problem. Scotland wants and expects the best teaching professionals but, increasingly, is unwilling to pay appropriate professional salaries to the teachers working in our schools. Pay for Scotland’s teachers is continuing to decline in comparison to other graduate professions and to teacher salaries in other European countries. This simply must be rectified.”

Commenting on the announcement, Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and skills, Iain Gray, said:

“Scotland’s schools are heading for industrial action unless John Swinney wakes up and takes action on teacher’s pay and workload, and he has been given plenty of warning. 

"Under the SNP teachers have seen their pay fall in real terms year on year, while class sizes have grown to some of the biggest in the developed world.  That is why we have a teacher recruitment crisis and until Mr Swinney addresses it everything else is window dressing. 

"Teachers have made clear that enough is enough and they were never going to accept 3 per cent.  The SNP government need to come up with the funding for a better offer quickly before our children see their education disrupted.  If the SNP really valued our teachers then they would pay them properly without the need for industrial action."

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