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EIS AGM 2017: Protecting Education & Fair pay for Teachers set to Dominate

Monday 5 June 2017

The EIS will hold its 171st Annual General Meeting at Perth Concert Hall this week. The AGM, which will run from Thursday to Saturday, is the sovereign decision-making body of the EIS and one of the key events in the Scottish education calendar.

Teachers and lecturers from across Scotland will gather in Perth to debate policy and to agree the priorities for Scottish education in the year ahead.

The full agenda for this year's AGM, including all the Motions set to be debated, has been published on the EIS website.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "This year's EIS AGM opens on the same day that people across the country will go to the polls to vote in the UK General election."

"Both events will have significant implications for the future of Scottish education, and we are certain that teachers and lecturers will be following both the EIS AGM and the election very closely."

Mr Flanagan continued, "We have an extremely busy agenda at this year's AGM, with a total of 77 Motions up for debate, as well as a packed programme of speakers and fringe events."

"Key themes running throughout the AGM will include supporting high-quality comprehensive education, reducing the impact of poverty on young people’s education and life chances, ensuring sufficient staff numbers and keeping down class sizes, enhancing additional support needs provision, and protecting the work-life balance and health of Scotland’s teaching professionals."

Mr Flanagan added, "In light of recent election debates about ending the long-running cap on public sector pay, the issue of the need for a fair pay settlement for teachers will also be a strong recurring theme at this AGM."

"Disgracefully, Scottish Teachers are still waiting for local authority employers, COSLA, to put together a negotiating team for a pay settlement that was due to be paid last April. That is unacceptable.”

Mr Flanagan concluded, "Following a long and painful decade of real-terms pay erosion for teachers, which has led to a growing recruitment challenge, enhancing teachers' pay is an issue that Scotland’s local authorities and the Scottish Government must commit to addressing as a matter of urgency."

"Significantly, motions to AGM have set out a clear timetable for moving towards industrial action if pay talks stagnate. With inflation rising again, the mood of teachers is certainly hardening on the issue of pay."