Members of the EIS have overwhelming voted to accept a 2-year pay and conditions offer from local authority employers.



The offer to teachers and associated professionals, negotiated through the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT), includes a 2.5% increase in pay over two years, with 1.5% for 2015-16 and a further 1% for 2016-17.

The EIS will move for formal acceptance of the offer at the full SNCT meeting later this month.

EIS members voted to accept the new offer by 83% (voting to accept) to 17% (voting to reject).

Commenting on the ballot result, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Teachers have acknowledged the positive elements of the overall package and the degree of financial certainty that comes with a two year agreement, even while recognising that the pay award itself is disappointing.

"That a meagre pay increase of 2.5% over two years actually exceeds current government pay policy demonstrates that teachers, in line with other public sector workers, are continuing to pay the price for an economic crisis that was not of their making.

"The EIS remains committed to pursuing future restorative pay rises to return teachers’ real-terms pay to at least pre- crisis levels.

Mr Flanagan added, "The non-pay elements of the agreement are more positive, including a commitment to further consider supply teaching issues, an agreed set of principles and action on managing teacher workload and, crucially, a separate commitment from the Scottish Government on maintaining teacher numbers for the length of the agreement.

"The EIS will now work to ensure the agreed actions to address workload are delivered at local level, and will engage actively with employers on the issues of supply provision and improving the pay and conditions of supply teachers."