UNION PLAN STRIKE BALLOT OVER PAY
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.”