Created on: 17 Dec 2021 | Last modified: 17 Dec 2021
The Salaries Committee of the EIS has unanimously rejected a revised pay offer for teachers from COSLA and the Scottish Government.
The Committee also agreed to ballot members on the offer, with a recommendation that members should also reject it. The ballot will open in January.
Commenting, EIS Salaries Convener Des Morris said, “The EIS Salaries Committee has considered the revised pay offer from COSLA and the Scottish Government, and was unanimous in its rejection of the offer. The latest proposal from the employers offered only very scant improvement over previously rejected offers, and comes nowhere near to an appropriate acknowledgement of the value of Scotland’s teachers. It beggars belief that COSLA and the Scottish Government believe that this is an acceptable offer to Scotland’s teaching professionals, who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure continuity of education for Scotland’s young people.”
EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan added, “The prevarication from COSLA and the Scottish Government on teacher pay simply must end. When we submitted our pay claim last year, inflation was at 0.4%. It now stands at over 5%, and is projected to be at over 6% in the New Year. The dither and delay from the employers’ side has only served to lessen the value of their offer, while also hardening the resolve of our members to achieve a fair pay settlement that properly recognises their value to society. Scotland’s teachers have been lauded by government as key public sector workers throughout the pandemic, but that same government is now seeking to deliver a painful real-terms pay cut to the country’s teaching professionals. This is unacceptable, and the EIS urges all members to use their vote in the forthcoming ballot to reject the offer and send a very strong message that COSLA and the Scottish Government cannot ignore.”
The EIS has issued a Bulletin to all members this morning, advising them of Salaries Committee decision and giving advance notice of the forthcoming ballot.
On Monday the EIS will release its health & wellbeing survey findings which lay bare the huge efforts teachers have made throughout the pandemic, and the impact on their physical and mental health.
Employers’ Side Pay Offer:
Received 13 December 2021, Rejected by EIS Salaries Committee 16 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.