Following discussions with Teacher Trade Unions today (Friday 6th January), Councillor Katie Hagmann, COSLA Spokesperson for Resources said:
“I am glad that we were able to meet with and hold constructive discussions with our trade union and Scottish Government partners today. Whilst these were not negotiations it was extremely helpful to reiterate how much we value the role of teachers as part of the local government workforce, it was also important to outline that our aim is to ensure we can continue to effectively deliver vital education services in our communities and that means reaching a fair and affordable pay deal that not only protects the teaching and wider local government workforce, but also our children and young people’s educational experience.
“COSLA Leaders are clear that given the financial pressures being faced it remains the case that there is no additional funding available. I do however, look forward to maintaining constructive and proactive dialogue, which considers all options available, with all parties so that we limit any further disruption for pupils, parents and carers, which we all agree is in no one’s best interests.”