Thursday, 14 January 2016

The EIS has agreed, in principle, a statutory industrial action ballot if a new Scottish Government Expert Group fail to deliver reductions in qualifications-related workload for Secondary teachers.

A recent indicative ballot of EIS members in the Secondary sector delivered an overwhelming result in favour of industrial action, with 93% of those voting backing this option. The EIS represents the majority of teachers in the country’s Secondary schools.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS was encouraged to hear that the Scottish Government is taking the concerns of Secondary teachers seriously, and that it will establish a Ministerial Working Group, led by the Schools' Minister, to look at action that can be taken to cut excessive qualifications-related workload.

"This is a positive step and we look forward to active and positive engagement with the Working Group as it looks to deliver meaningful reductions in qualifications-related bureaucracy and the workload of Secondary teachers."

Mr Flanagan went on to add, "Although we hope for a successful resolution and an agreement to cutting workload through the Expert Group, the EIS Executive has now given its approval in principle to a move to a statutory industrial action ballot related to qualifications workload.

"The Expert Group will be working to a very ambitious timescale and the EIS will do everything possible to support the work of the group in order to deliver a workable agreement on cutting teacher workload.

"However, should the Working Group fail to deliver the lasting reductions in workload and bureaucracy that our members are demanding, the EIS Executive has given its consent for a move to a formal industrial action ballot in the Secondary sector."