EIS opens ballot & urges teachers to send a clear message by rejecting pay offer

Created on: 13 Jan 2022 | Last modified: 18 Jan 2022

The EIS will today (Thursday) open a consultative ballot of its members on the latest pay offer to teachers.

The EIS is urging all of its members to use their vote in the ballot and to reject the offer on the table from local authorities and the Scottish Government. The pay settlement for teachers is now more than 9 months overdue, as a result of continuing procrastination by both COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) and the Scottish Government.

Commenting, EIS Salaries Convener Des Morris said, “Scotland’s teachers are being offered a significant real-terms pay cut by their employers and the Scottish Government. This comes at a time of soaring workload as teachers continue to go above and beyond to support young people in the wake of the Covid pandemic.

"Teachers are being significantly undervalued by both COSLA and the Scottish Government, who continue to talk up the value of education while simultaneously seeking to deliver a real-terms pay cut to teachers. The EIS Salaries Committee is united in its condemnation of the current offer, and we strongly urge all members to use their vote to reject this unacceptable pay offer.”

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan added, “Teachers must send a very clear message by strongly rejecting this sub-inflationary pay offer. COSLA and the Scottish Government have dragged their feet for more than a year in these negotiations, while teachers work themselves into the ground supporting young people and education recovery.

"Inflation is now more than 5 percent and still climbing. MSPs – who are not frontline workers and are not working in crowded school buildings – are to be awarded a 3.4% increase this year. This far outstrips the offer to Scotland’s teachers and clearly demonstrates the inadequate and unfair nature of the current offer from COSLA and Scottish Government.”

The EIS ballot is open to all teacher and associated professional members covered by SNCT (Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers) terms and conditions. The online ballot opens today (Thursday) and will close on the 31st of January.

Employers’ Side Pay Offer:

Received 13 December 2021

  • A 1% increase at all SNCT pay points effective from 1 April 2021.

  • A further 1% increase at all SNCT pay points effective from 1 January 2022.

  • A one-off non-recurring payment of £100 to each SNCT member of staff (prorated for part-time) for all SNCT members in post on the date the offer is agreed and based on working hours at that time.

  • A cap of £800 for those earning £80K and above.