A strike that was to be held by teachers in Scotland over their pay claim has been called off by one union’s executive committee after an improved pay deal was received.
The union, the EIS, said the pay deal was a ‘significant success for teachers’.
The new pay deal was made after John Swinney, the country’s education secretary, said that he had looked at the pay offer and chosen to increase the necessary funding.
Essentially, teachers in Scotland will enjoy a compound pay rise of 13.51% over the next three years.
The pay deal breaks down as:
- A 3% rise backdated to last April
- A 7% rise from April
- Another 3% pay increase from April 2020.
The deal means that a teacher without being promoted could earn more than £41,000 after April next year, a rise of around £5,000.
The union’s general secretary, Larry Flanagan, said: “We launched a campaign last year to secure a fair pay deal for Scotland’s teachers.
“It became increasingly clear throughout the campaign that teachers, in addition to pay, also have concerns about the retention and recruitment of teachers, workload, professional development and the level of support for pupils.
New pay deal for teachers in Scotland
The new pay deal for teachers in Scotland also includes a commitment to tackle workload levels and to support a teacher’s professional development.
The deal will also see the teachers’ leadership programme being enhanced.
The union says that with all the elements put together, it is a package that it is recommending to Scotland’s teachers.
They add that the new pay deal will also help teachers deliver security and stability for the country’s education.
Mr Swinney said he welcomed the decision by the union to suspend the latest strike ballot.
‘Improving the profession’s attractiveness’
He explained: “We made a strong offer, which was rejected by a narrow margin, and given how important we want to improve the profession’s attractiveness and our valuing teachers, I looked at what the government is investing.”
He added that the pay deal will deliver the stability necessary for reforming the country’s education system and for delivering the best outcomes for young people.
The NASUWT union says it is still planning to ballot members later this month on a strike over their concerns on workload and pay.
However, since the EIS is so large that should their membership accept the pay deal, then there’s no chance of changing the latest offer from the government.
If teachers in Scotland had gone on strike on Wednesday 24 April in a bid to deliver a better pay offer, it would have been the first national teachers’ strike since the 80s.