On Thursday, the teachers’ side of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) declared a formal dispute over the under-inflationary pay offer made to Scottish teachers.
The SNCT is the tripartite negotiating body for teacher compensation and involves teachers’ unions, Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and the Scottish Government.
Teachers were due to receive a salary reward in April, but the current 1.22% offer was rejected by teachers’ unions several months ago.
Commenting, following the declaration of the dispute, EIS Secretary General Larry Flanagan said: âIt is totally unacceptable that nine months after the submission of our salary claim, the Scottish local authorities and the Scottish Government failed to respond with a reasonable salary settlement to Scottish teachers. .
âThe process dragged on, but without any improved offers being made, we are now forced into this dispute. Teachers want to focus their energies on supporting the recovery of their students’ education, but anger and frustration is growing over what is seen as a downgrading of the profession.
The EIS had previously warned that the salary offer was grossly inadequate and did not recognize the value of teachers to Scotland, while also expressing its frustration at the slow pace of negotiations over the demand for teachers’ pay, which was submitted in December of last year.
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Des Morris, EIS Salaries Convener and Chairman of the Teachers ‘Side of SNCT, said:’ The value of Scottish teachers has been clearly demonstrated throughout the pandemic, where teachers have worked extremely hard to support young people in unprecedented and extremely difficult circumstances.
âThe level of public and political praise towards teachers has been extremely high during this time, with frequent statements stressing the value of teachers to the country and the critical role education must play in supporting national recovery from the pandemic. of Covid.
“In this context, the salary offer of just over 1% that has been made to Scottish teachers – which represents a significant pay cut in real terms – is totally unacceptable.”
Responding to the dispute, Willie Rennie, Scotland’s Liberal Democrats education spokesman, said Scotland “needs ministers who are at the peak of their terms”.
Mr Rennie said: âTeachers have worked hard throughout the pandemic to support students and have received few rewards.
“It’s ridiculous that months after teachers rejected the latest offer, ministers haven’t found a way to get back to the table.
“Every available teacher should focus on helping with educational recovery, without distractions.
“One would think that having failed to close the achievement gap for years, SNP ministers would realize that as well.
“The Scottish Liberal Democrats have always advocated better teacher contracts with revised salaries and conditions, guaranteed teacher employment, open-ended contracts and a workforce plan so that the profession is secure in the long term.
“First the nurses ‘union and now the teachers’ union are now at daggers drawn with SNP ministers. Scotland needs ministers who are at the top of their mandate.”
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