Dundee’s Teachers set to open Statutory Ballot for Industrial Action

Created on: 04 Apr 2022 | Last modified: 04 Apr 2022

The EIS has served Dundee City Council with a notice of a Statutory Ballot for Industrial Action.

The ballot will open on 19 April 2022.

An earlier consultative ballot organised by the Dundee Local Association of the EIS saw Dundee’s teachers vote strongly in favour of industrial action over Dundee Council’s proposals to move to a faculty structure in its secondary schools.

Commenting on the ballot result, EIS Local Association Secretary for Dundee David Baxter said, “Teachers in Dundee have shown that they are vehemently opposed to the introduction of moving secondary schools to a faculty structure and are firmly against these damaging proposals.”

Mr Baxter continued, "In cases where other councils have sought to move to faculty structures, they have made the argument that this will lead to cost savings. Yet, the proposals put forward by Dundee Council will actually cost money to implement, with any potential savings coming many years in the future. This will starve already stretched school budgets even further, with less money available for school resources and staffing. The loss of subject principal teachers would remove invaluable experience and leadership from individual departments, while also increasing workload demands on class teachers and promoted staff.”

Mr Baxter concluded, “The EIS urges all our members in the secondary sector in Dundee to use their vote in this upcoming ballot. We must send a very strong and very clear message to Dundee Council that these proposals are unwelcome and must now be scrapped.”