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Secretary's Weekly Update - 14th Feb 2018

  1. Members Meeting – we have our meeting in the Trades Hall, Glassford St at 5pm today. Allan Lees from EIS Financial Services will make a presentation on what they offer members. We’ll also have an update on the Pay Campaign. I look forward to seeing you there.
  2. WTA Training – reps are invited to attend a 2 part training session on negotiating WTA – 21st and 28th February from 4.30pm here in the W George St office. Please sign up on CPD manager.
  3. Pay Campaign – thanks to those who’ve managed along to our Pay Campaign meetings. The next session will be on Monday 19th February in Kings Park Secondary at 5pm. If no one from your school has attended a meeting yet it would be great to see you at this event.
  4. Branch meetings – we are happy to organise meetings to discuss the Pay Campaign or any other matters concerning your branch. Please contact this office and we’ll arrange for myself, our Organiser Dee Matthew or a member of the Committee of Management to come out to speak with you.
  5. Committee of Management Elections – you will soon receive an email outlining election process for local Committee of Management – please ensure all colleagues have provided HQ with an email address in order that they can take part in the vote. They can update details online.
  6. GCC Budget – EIS Glasgow will join colleagues from other TUs in lobbying the City Chambers on Thursday 22nd February at 12.30pm as Councillors vote on another cuts budget. The joint TUs have made representations to all political parties asking them to think of other approaches to the budget which would defend public services. If you are available to join us at the lobby please do so.

Have a good week


ABM/AGM Motions Meeting - 1st March

This meeting will take place on Thursday 1st March, in the Trades Hall in Glassford Street. Motions from members/branches for consideration at this meeting must in the hands of the Local Association Secretary by close of business on 9th February. The guest speaker will be Larry Flanagan, General Secretary, who will speak on the pay campaign.

Leadership into Management: Women Teachers and Lecturers

This 2-day course is offered to women teachers and lecturers, and is aimed at addressing the under representation of women teachers and lecturers in management positions.

The course is offered in line with the Positive Action provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

Edinburgh: Wednesdays 7th and 14th March 2018, EIS HQ, 46 Moray Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BH, 9.30am-4.00pm.

Stornoway: Friday and Saturday 9th and 10th March 2018, venue tbc, 9.30am-4.00pm.

Glasgow: Wednesdays 21st and 28th March 2018, STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, 9.30am-4.00pm.

For full course details and information on how to register, please visit the EIS National website.

Tax Relief - EIS & GTCS Subscriptions

Have you claimed claim tax relief on your EIS and GTCS subs? Click or tap here for a letter which outlines how to do this and included relevant information on fees.

Members Subject to Complaints

Local authorities, Colleges and Universities have a duty to investigate complaints. Members subject to such investigation are advised to co-operate and to seek early advice and support from their EIS Representative.

Tap or click here to download a booklet for all members who are subject to complaints and to situations where the complaints are believed to be spurious, vexatious, or malicious.

EIS Prevent Duty Guidance & Governance Review Response

These important documents have been issued by EIS HQ. Both documents respond to areas that we would encourage branches to discuss and in relation to the governance review to them make individual or collective submissions to the Scottish Government. Prevent Duty Guidance      Response to Governance Review

From LNCT Joint Secretaries:-

Advice Note on Absence Cover

The LNCT has considered over the past months the issues establishments raise around the impact of shortage of supply teachers. At the most recent meeting of the JTCF it was agreed that a joint advice note would be produced to assist schools in handling the difficulties of teacher absences with no cover. Click or tap to download the advice note.

Work Load and Tackling Bureaucracy 

The Joint Secretaries of the LNCT have been charged with reporting on the progress of the reducing workload and tackling bureaucracy strand of SNCT Appendix 2 Part 2.18.

In order to take this forward we have previously issued advice, in February and again in August, on how schools should be demonstrating their plans for tackling these issues by including details within the SIP.

However, the audit of SIPs and WTAs show that the majority of establishments have not included their plans within these documents and as a result we are unable to report accurately in this area. To that end click or tap to download a proforma to allow you to inform us of your plans.

Unions into schools

For over 10 years the STUC, supported by our affiliated trade unions, have visited schools across Scotland explaining to young people what trade unions do and our role in the workplace and wider civic society, at home and abroad.

In addition to school visits, participating schools have had the opportunity to attend Congress, the STUC’s Trade Union Week in the Parliament and, in 2016, we held our 3rd Songs Festival, supported by the EIS, at Hillhead High School in Glasgow, where pupils showcased their songs highlighting issues on social justice and their own experiences.

To find out more you can download this information sheet or check the STUC webpage.

Interim Advice Note on the National Improvement Framework

Interim advice has been issued from national HQ, it can be downloaded here.


Contact Information



Susan Quinn

email: glasgowla@eis.org.uk


34 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1DA.
T: 0141 572 0550,
F: 0141 353 1576

Learning Representatives:

Jayne Rowe

Anne Marie Cameron

Andrea Macfarlane

Moira Macdonald

Matthew Hurding

Anne Hutton