Motions and Amendments

Resolution 

46. Renfrewshire Local Association, West Dunbartonshire Local Association & East Dunbartonshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate the impact of education budget cuts on: 

a) pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, those on the autistic spectrum and those with visual and hearing impairments;

b) nursery teachers, classroom assistants and support staff.

Further, this AGM call upon Council to campaign in opposition to any further cuts in education budgets."

Carried

47. Council

"That this AGM recognise the progress which has been achieved as part of the national Workload Campaign since the AGM in 2013, particularly the publication of the Report of the Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy. This AGM call on Council to press for the full implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Working Group and to continue to address the concerns of members in relation to workload burdens arising from, for example: 

a) Curriculum for Excellence programmes at all levels 3-18;

b) increased bureaucracy arising from forward planning;

c) pressures arising from unreasonable planning, tracking and reporting formats;

d) new SQA examination procedures

e) burdens arising directly from the ongoing introduction of faculty structures;

f) the use of electronic management systems. 

This AGM also instruct Council to continue to provide information to members regarding the contractual position of teachers with particular reference to the utilisation of Working Time Agreements as a vehicle to assist with the reduction of workload burdens facing all members."

Carried

48. Edinburgh Local Association, Dumfries & Galloway Local Association & Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to prepare a campaign of action up to and including strike action, to be in place by December 2014 in opposition to increased workload in schools and colleges. This campaign should aim to secure a reduction in the workload associated with Curriculum for Excellence: planning, assessment, recording, profiling, tracking and verification and involve a boycott of Curriculum for Excellence: profiling, SQA internal assessment and tracking."

Carried

49. Orkney Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to:

a) investigate and report on the impact of increased workload associated with CfE on teachers and lecturers with additional support needs;

b) issue advice to teachers, lecturers and local authorities on how to deal with increased workload and the resultant stress caused to these professionals."

Carried

50. Glasgow Local Association

"This AGM instruct Council to organise a national demonstration in support of the workload campaign by October 2014." 

Carried

51. Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM call on Council to revisit our policy on Additional Support Needs, to update this policy in light of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, budgets cuts, and our workload campaign. Furthermore, the revised policy to be shared with members in all sectors."

Carried

52. North Lanarkshire Local Association

"That this AGM call for staff to be involved in meaningful consultation at planning stages of new school and refurbishment projects in the areas with the greatest impact on their future working practices."

Carried

53. East Dunbartonshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on how Local Association Secretaries and Local Associations can be supported in future."

Amendment - EIS-FELA

After 'Local Association Secretaries' insert, 'Branch Secretaries, Branches.'

Carried

54. Aberdeen Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on the implications for teachers in Local Authorities who have indicated their intention to withdraw from COSLA."

Carried

55. North Lanarkshire Local Association

"That this AGM resolve to campaign to raise awareness of the work of the EIS with the aim of encouraging new and existing members to become involved at both local and national levels."

Carried

56. Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM fully support a review of school representatives' training at local and national level to ensure progression and proper accreditation."

Carried

57. Aberdeenshire Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to investigate and report on the appointment process for the General Secretary with particular regard to:

a) electing the General Secretary for a fixed term and;

b) the General Secretary being directly elected by all members." 

Carried

58. Fife Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to:

a) review and report on any direct link between the salary of the General Secretary of the EIS and that of Headteachers;

b) advise on procedures for terminating such link."

Falls

59. Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to campaign for a ban on the sale of 'energy drinks' to all children under the age of 16."

Carried

60. Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM welcome the decision of Glasgow City Council to establish the 'Glasgow's Starter for Ten Credit Union Scheme' and instructs Council to campaign for this to be extended to all Local Authority Secondary Schools."

Remitted

61. Fife Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to review and report on the current bargaining arrangements between the EIS as employer and the UNITE trade union. In particular, to report on any amendments to the current Recognition and Procedures Agreement necessary to set up a Joint Negotiating Committee with power to negotiate and reach agreement on the salaries and conditions of service of EIS employees."

Falls

63. Dumfries & Galloway Local Association

"That this AGM resolve that the EIS should support moves to replace the legal requirement for schools to provide Religious Observance with Time for Reflection. Participation should be on an opt in basis."

Remit

64. Glasgow Local Association

"That this AGM resolve that being a member of the BNP, or other fascist organisation, is incompatible with being a member of the Scottish Teaching Profession and instructs Council to raise this issue with Scottish Government with the aim of ensuring that no such individuals should be allowed to teach in any Scottish school or college."

Carried