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Scot­land’s largest teach­ing union have ap­proved plans to bal­lot for strike ac­tion over pay.

Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute of Scot­land gen­eral sec­re­tary Larry Flana­gan has said his mem­bers’ pa­tience had run out over de­mands for a 10 per cent rise.

But the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have in­sisted the deal on the ta­ble is the most gen­er­ous for pub­lic sec­tor work­ers in the UK.

Flana­gan said: “We have been ne­go­ti­at­ing for a year, on a pay claim that was due to be set­tled last April. Teach­ers’ pa­tience is now ex­hausted.

“Our pref­er­ence has al­ways been to agree a fair deal through ne­go­ti­a­tion, but we have been very clear, also, that we are pre­pared to take strike ac­tion should this be nec­es­sary to achieve an ac­cept­able set­tle­ment.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary John Swin­ney has in­sisted the pack­age on of­fer is gen­er­ous.

He added: “This is a clear in­di­ca­tion of our com­mit­ment to re­cruit and re­tain teach­ers and I urge the teach­ing unions to con­sider this favourably so that par­ties can bring dis­cus­sions to a con­clu­sion.”

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