EIS suspends strike ballot as members are recommended to accept new pay offer

The EIS strike ballot planned for Monday has been suspended after the Scottish government made an improved pay offer.

EIS members will instead receive a consultative ballot on whether or not to accept the offer of a compounded total increase of 13.51% over three years. The EIS national council met yesterday and recommended acceptance.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: “The EIS launched the Value Education, Value Teachers campaign in January last year, with the aim of securing a fair pay settlement for Scotland’s teachers. Throughout the campaign, it became increasingly clear that – in addition to pay – teachers also have serious concerns about issues such as the recruitment and retention of teachers, professional development, workload, and the level of support for pupils with Additional Support Needs. These issues then became a factor in the ongoing discussions via the SNCT.

“The new proposed offer outlined in today’s letter from the Scottish government represents a positive attempt to address these issues. It offers a 3-year pay settlement of 3% from April 2018, 7% from April 2019, and 3% from April 2020, for a compounded total increase of 13.51% over three years. It also includes additional commitments aimed at tackling workload, supporting teacher professional development, and enhancing the teacher leadership programme. Taking all of these elements together, it represents a package that the EIS is now recommending to Scotland’s teachers.

“This offer represents a significant success for Scotland’s teachers, and for Scottish education. It has been secured through strong campaigning under the Value Education, Value Teachers banner, and delivered through the committed collective stand taken by Scotland’s teachers. By standing together and remaining united, our members have secured a strong deal for Scotland’s teachers which will also deliver stability and security for Scottish education.”

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