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West Dunbartonshire Secondary Teachers Reject New Council Offer

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Secondary teachers in West Dunbartonshire have overwhelmingly rejected a revised offer from the Council on the restructuring of promoted posts in Secondary schools.

Secondary members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have voted 2-to-1 against the new proposals in a ballot (turn-out 88%).

This clear rejection of the Council's proposal means that the campaign against the cuts to Principal Teacher posts, which has led to two days of strike action in recent weeks, will continue.

West Dunbartonshire strike images 2016

Commenting following the ballot result, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "This is a clear rejection of the Council’s revised proposal by West Dunbartonshire’s Secondary teachers.

"While some progress has been made in recent weeks, following strike action by our members that forced a number of concessions from the Council, it is clear that teachers remain worried by the scale of the cuts to promoted posts in West Dunbartonshire Secondary schools and the impact on pupils’ learning environment."

Mr Flanagan continued, "West Dunbartonshire’s Secondary teachers have shown that they are prepared to stand firm in opposition to cuts to the education service.

"The revised proposal from the Council lacked specific detail in a number of areas and teachers, who have been angered by unbalanced comments and communications from the Council, were not prepared to trust the Authority which seemed to be intent on introducing a faculty model.

"EIS members have demonstrated that they are willing to continue their campaign to protect the quality of education in West Dunbartonshire Secondary schools.

"I would urge the ruling Administration to listen to this warning from teachers, and to think again on their proposals for these cuts to Education.

"Unless the Council comes up with a substantially better offer, a return to strike action in West Dunbartonshire appears inevitable."