EIS Members have voted to reject the latest pay offer from Scotland's local authorities and the Scottish Government, and to move to a statutory ballot for industrial action.

The EIS has been balloting members on the offer over the past three weeks, and the ballot closed at 5pm this evening. Turnout in the ballot was 81% with 57% voting to reject the offer and 43% voting for acceptance.

The EIS Executive Committee, which meets tomorrow, will consider the ballot result and approve the next steps to be taken in the campaign for a significant pay settlement.

In the ballot, members were provided with detail of the offer, along with arguments both for and against acceptance of the offer. They were then asked to express their preference for either accepting the offer, or rejecting the offer and moving to a ballot for industrial action.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "EIS members have voted, by a very clear majority, to reject this pay offer. They have also expressed their willingness to move to a ballot for industrial action in pursuit of an improved pay settlement for Scotland's teaching professionals."

"Although this was not a strike ballot, both the turnout and the number indicating a willingness to move to industrial action would have exceeded the strict thresholds set by the UK government in its restrictive Trade Union Act."

Mr Flanagan added, "Our Value Education, Value Teachers pay campaign has been led by EIS members since its inception. Our members have now rejected the latest pay offer and, tomorrow, our member-led Executive Committee will meet to agree the next steps in our campaign for a pay settlement acceptable to Scotland's teaching professionals."

"The EIS remains open to further negotiations within the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers but failing an improved offer, we will be initiating the process towards strike action."