The Second Largest Teaching Union Comes Into Play

Members of Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS, have voted to reject a 5% pay offer and back strike action. 94% of those taking a consultative ballot voted to leave the 5% pay offer put forward by local authority body Cosla. 91% also supported strike action in pursuit of a better pay offer.

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A statutory strike ballot of EIS members will now take place. If teachers back strike action in this ballot, the EIS will move to take industrial action at schools across Scotland.

This comes as teachers across the UK are feeling the squeeze, with many citing low pay and excessive workloads as key concerns. In England and Wales, teachers have been taking part in industrial action over these issues in recent months.

The EIS has said it will seek further negotiations with Cosla to reach an acceptable settlement for its members. However, if these negotiations fail, strike action will likely follow.

This could cause significant disruption to schools and parents across Scotland. The EIS has urged the Scottish government to intervene in the dispute to help resolve it.

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The Scottish government has said it is “disappointed” that the EIS has voted to reject the pay offer and called on both sides to “continue talks to reach an agreement”.

This dispute comes when teachers are under immense pressure, with many citing low pay and excessive workloads as key concerns. Both sides must agree that it is fair and reasonable for all involved.

The EIS has said it will seek further negotiations with Cosla to reach an acceptable settlement for its members. However, if these negotiations fail, strike action will likely follow. This could cause significant disruption to schools and parents across Scotland. The EIS has urged the Scottish government to intervene in the dispute to help resolve it. The Scottish government has said it is “disappointed” that the EIS has voted to reject the pay offer and called on both sides to “continue talks to reach an agreement”. This dispute comes when teachers are under immense pressure, with many citing low pay and excessive workloads as key concerns. Both sides must agree that it is fair and reasonable for all involved.

In your opinion, do you think that the Scottish government should intervene in this dispute? Should teachers be given a pay rise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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