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Formal Dispute Declared over pay Offer to Scotland's Teachers

Created on: 30 Sep 2021 | Last modified: 30 Sep 2021

The Teachers’ Side of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) has declared a formal dispute over the sub-inflationary pay offer made to Scotland’s teachers.

The SNCT is the tripartite negotiating body for teacher pay, and involves teaching unions, Scottish local authorities (COSLA) and the Scottish Government. Teachers were due to receive a pay award in April, but the current offer of 1.22% was rejected by teaching unions several months ago.

Commenting, following the declaration of the dispute, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "It is completely unacceptable that nine months after our pay claim was submitted, Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Government have failed to respond with a reasonable pay settlement to Scotland’s teachers.

"The process has dragged on but, with no improved offer having been made, we have now been forced into this dispute. Teachers want to focus their energies on supporting education recovery for their students, but anger and frustration is growing over what is seen as a devaluing of the profession."

The EIS had previously warned that the pay offer was completely inadequate and failed to recognise the value of teachers to Scotland, while also expressing its frustration at the slow rate of negotiations on the teachers’ pay claim, which was submitted in December last year.

EIS Salaries Convener and Chair of the Teachers' Side of the SNCT Des Morris said, "The value of Scotland’s teachers has been clearly highlighted throughout the pandemic, where teachers have worked extremely hard to support young people in quite unprecedented and extremely challenging circumstances.

"The level of public and political praise for teachers has been extremely high during this time, with frequent statements highlighting the value of teachers to the country and the essential role that education must play in supporting the national recovery from the Covid pandemic. In this context, the pay offer of a little over 1% that has been made to Scotland’s teachers – representing a significant real-terms pay cut – is completely unacceptable."