“Pay Attention”: EIS says it's time for COSLA to pay up for Scotland's teachers

Created on: 13 May 2022 | Last modified: 13 May 2022

The EIS has demanded that local authority group COSLA must make a pay offer to Scotland’s teachers following months of delay.

A pay settlement for the year 2022-2023 was due to be applied from April, but COSLA has yet to even present an opening pay offer to teaching unions. This follows on from protracted pay negotiations last year, with a pay settlement for the year 2021-2022 finally delivered last month – more than a year late.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS is demanding that an offer is made without further delay. COSLA has a record of making late pay offers, leading to long or stalled pay negotiations.

"The EIS has pushed COSLA and the Scottish Government to begin SNCT (Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers) negotiations in a timelier manner this year."

Mr Flanagan added, "The EIS has submitted a pay claim calling for a 10% salary increase for all of Scotland's teachers this year. We are clear that this pay claim is essential to ensure that the value of teachers' pay does not decline in the face of rising inflation whilst the cost-of-living crisis is rampaging on.

"Teachers have delivered under extremely difficult circumstances throughout the pandemic – a fact that has been repeatedly acknowledged by politicians of all parties. It is now time for those politicians to pay up, to ensure that teachers do not experience a deep real-terms pay cut as a result of the soaring cost of living."

A pay negotiation meeting is scheduled for next week, on Wednesday 18 May, and the EIS has called on COSLA to present a written pay offer for consideration prior to that meeting.

Following last year's protracted negotiation experience, when the process was dragged out for more than a year, the EIS has signaled that it will not accept the same procrastination from the employers this year.

The EIS Council has already agreed to begin preparations for an industrial action ballot by October, should no pay agreement have been reached by that time. Next month's EIS Annual General Meeting (AGM) will also focus heavily on the issue of teacher pay, with a rally in support of the pay campaign set to take place in Dundee during the AGM.