COSLA response to EIS ballot

Responding to the outcome of the EIS ballot today (Tuesday) which has rejected the Employers pay offer, COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

"I want to make it crystal clear to the entire teaching workforce that Local Government hugely values and respects them and the incredible work they do every day in schools throughout Scotland to educate and support our children and young people.

"Years of austerity in public finances cannot be remedied in one fell swoop. The trade unions claim for 10% increase in one year cannot be met within the resources we currently have available and we have said that consistently throughout the pay negotiations.

"With support from our partners in the Scottish Government we have packaged an offer for teachers which includes a 3% pay award and further measures to address recruitment and retention issues.

"The EIS now plans to organise a further ballot for strike action which would disrupt schools and the education of children and young people. This is both unnecessary and unwarranted and will not result in an unaffordable 10% pay increase.

"I strongly urge all teachers to recognise the real value of what is now on the table and to act accordingly."

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Tue, 20/11/2018 - 18:10