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West Dunbartonshire Teachers Vote to Accept new Deal

Friday 06 May 2016

Secondary teachers in West Dunbartonshire have voted to accept a recommended package to end the long running dispute.

In a ballot conducted this week by the EIS secondary members have voted by 86.6% to 11.4%, on a turnout of 83.4%, to agree that the agreement reached presents the basis for negotiating a final settlement.

The settlement follows almost 13 weeks of industrial action, including 6 strike days by the EIS.

The dispute centred on a management restructure of secondary schools, including cuts to Principal teacher posts, but the settlement now means that the new curricular model will be based on subject Principal Teachers rather than seeing them removed.

Speaking after the ballot result was announced, EIS General Secretary, Larry Flanagan said, "This has been a hard won result, with EIS members in West Dunbartonshire showing a level of determination that sets a benchmark for resisting austerity driven cuts.

"We are grateful for the support we received from many parents and from other trade unions.

"Whilst the fine detail of the agreement requires some further work, our members will be keen to refocus on continuing to provide a high quality education service to the young people of West Dunbartonshire and their families."