Scotland's Teachers in Overwhelming (98%) Rejection of Pay Offer

Created on: 31 Jan 2022 | Last modified: 31 Jan 2022

Scotland’s teachers have overwhelming rejected the latest pay offer from Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Government, in a ballot organised by the EIS.

The ballot, which closed this morning, resulted in rejection of the offer by 98% of the teachers who voted. The result of the ballot sends a strong message to COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) and the Scottish Government that they must return to the bargaining table with an improved offer.

Commenting on the ballot result, EIS Salaries Convener Des Morris said, "Scotland’s teachers have sent a very strong and very clear message with this ballot result. This overwhelming rejection of the current offer by EIS members is a warning to COSLA and the Scottish Government that they cannot take the goodwill of teachers for granted.

"The EIS Salaries Committee will consider the ballot result and the next steps to be taken at its meeting later this week. We will fully expect to receive an enhanced offer from COSLA and the Scottish Government at our next negotiating meeting, currently scheduled for next week."

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan added, "Scotland’s teachers deserve a fair pay rise from their employers and the Scottish Government. With this ballot result, our members have shown, very clearly, that they consider the current offer neither fair nor acceptable.

"Throughout the continuing Covid crisis, Scotland’s teachers have worked flat out to seek to minimise the damaging impact of the pandemic on young people’s education. Teachers are key to the planned programme of educational recovery and deserve to be appropriately remunerated for their efforts. It is time for COSLA and the Scottish Government to play fair and finally commit to a reasonable and fair pay rise for Scotland’s teaching professionals."

Pay for Scotland’s teachers is negotiated through the tripartite Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT), involving Scottish teaching unions, COSLA and the Scottish Government. The pay increase which is currently being negotiated was due to be paid in April 2021, so is now 10 months overdue. Pay negotiations for the current year, 2022, should have commenced before Christmas but have not yet started as a result of continuing procrastination from COSLA and Scottish Government over last year’s, still unsettled, pay claim.

EIS Consultative Ballot Result

Voting to Reject: 98%
Voting to Accept: 2%
Turnout: 53%

Employers’ Side Pay Offer:

Rejected by EIS members in the ballot closing 31 January 2022

  • 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.