Scrooge Russell Delivers Christmas Whammy to Teachers
The Scottish Government has today, Thursday, released a consultation on a proposed increase to the contribution rate for the Scottish teachers’ pension scheme. The proposed increase, which follows on from a similar increase last year, is for a further 1.2% hike, taking the contribution rate to 8.96%, on average.
Commenting on the increase, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The increase is wholly unjustifiable. It has nothing to do with the cost of teacher pensions but is simply an austerity tax to raise finance for the UK treasury.”
Mr Flanagan continued, "The Scottish Government claims to oppose the increase but, in meekly passing on the Con-Dem proposal, it has become complicit in this attack on the public sector workforce, and teachers in particular.”
Mr Flanagan added, "Frankly, we expected more fight from the SNP Government. To rub salt in the wound, it has simply passed on the English contribution tiers, rejecting our request that young teachers still moving through the early stages of the pay scale be protected in some way.”
He continued, "The consultation is largely a sham as clearly Scottish Government has decided to impose this increase. It certainly does little to engender any sense of trust or hope that the negotiations on the scheme specific changes might achieve an acceptable resolution.”
"Frankly, Scottish teachers will be scunnered by this announcement, conveniently timed to coincide with the Christmas Break,” added Mr Flanagan.
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