COSLA response to Teachers Unions rejection of a 3% pay offer backdated to April

Commenting on the Teachers Unions rejection of a 3% pay offer backdated to April, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

“At a time when the resources available to councils continue to reduce, we have dug deep to put an offer of 3% on the table for the entire local government workforce at a cost of £350m.

“This offer matches or betters other offers in the public sector in Scotland, so to say I’m disappointed that it has been rejected is an understatement.

“The Teachers Unions claim for 10% in a single year cannot be achieved and is entirely unaffordable and they have been told this since the offer was submitted at the start of the year.

“Balloting for a mandate for industrial action will do no one any good as there is nothing further we can add to the current offer and will only disrupt the education of our children and young people.

“I have a message for our excellent teaching workforce and it is this. We have put together the best deal we can afford, and it is on the table now. It matches what we have offered those colleagues of yours who administer the school office, who cook the meals, who keep the school clean and who keep the school buildings and environment safe and secure. We see all of you as equally valuable and equally essential to the good order and running of the school and the education of our children and young people. I would urge you to accept the deal on offer.”

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Thu, 04/10/2018 - 14:23