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re­fused by con­vener John Wheeler who said it would “breach leg­is­la­tion”.

Last week coun­cil­lors heard if a 10% pay award was granted this would leave the coun­cil with a £7m deficit, with Mr Flynn adding he was “ab­so­lutely as­tounded” to be told the is­sue couldn’t be dis­cussed.

He said: “At present, this is the most im­me­di­ate fi­nan­cial is­sue fac­ing the lo­cal au­thor­ity, yet coun­cil­lors have been pre­vented by the ad­min­is­tra­tion from even dis­cussing the let­ter.

“It seems ut­terly far­ci­cal that we have teach­ers who live in the city, but work in Aberdeen­shire, who will have re­ceived this let­ter when teach­ers who live and work in Aberdeen have not.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­pointed in the process and de­ci­sion-mak­ing of Aberdeen City Coun­cil.”

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said: “The Deputy First Min­is­ter met with EIS last week where con­struc­tive and cour­te­ous dis­cus­sions were had re­gard­ing the pay cam­paign.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in­tends to con­tinue this pos­i­tive dia­logue through­out the process.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has worked with COSLA to put in place the best pay deal in the UK for 2018-19 and our joint let­ter ac­cu­rately ex­plains the com­po­nent parts so that teach­ers have a full un­der­stand­ing of the pro­pos­als on the ta­ble.” COUN­CIL­LORS have unan­i­mously backed a pro­posal to hon­our the life of an Aberdeen suf­fragette.

Aberdeen Women’s Al­liance asked the coun­cil to in­stall a plaque to suf­fragette and jour­nal­ist Caro­line Phillips at 41 Union Street.

Ms Phillips worked in the build­ing while she was sec­re­tary of the lo­cal Women’s So­cial and Po­lit­i­cal Union (WSPU) branch be­tween 1907 and 1909.

Mem­bers of the coun­cil’s op­er­a­tional de­liv­ery com­mit­tee ap­proved the re­quest with coun­cil­lor Jen­nifer Ste­wart adding it was “im­por­tant” to cel­e­brate the work of women.

Aberdeen City Coun­cil co-leader Jenny Laing has said the ad­min­is­tra­tion will not send let­ters to teach­ers

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