Created on: 31 May 2022 | Last modified: 31 May 2022
The EIS has launched a national petition as part of its ongoing 'Pay Attention' campaign which is seeking a 10% pay rise for Scotland's teachers.
Petitions have been sent out to EIS Reps in every school in Scotland, and the EIS is urging all teachers to sign the petition. Once completed, the petition will be delivered to COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) and the Scottish Government to call on them to reach a fair pay settlement without further delay.
Commenting, EIS President Heather Hughes said, "COSLA and the Scottish Government need to pay attention, and they need to deliver a fair pay increase for Scotland’s teachers now.
"With inflation soaring and currently running at between 9% (CPI) and 11% (RPI), Scotland’s teachers are being hit hard. Settling our 10% pay claim would help to mitigate against the worst of the cost of living crisis, and ensure that Scotland’s teachers do not suffer a deep real-terms pay cut.
"The opening pay offer made to teachers, of a 2% increase, was simply unacceptable in the current climate – COSLA and the Scottish Government must do better."
Ms Hughes added, "I would urge all of Scotland's teachers to support our Pay Attention campaign, starting by signing their name on the EIS national petition. Copies of the petition are available in every school in Scotland, and it is important that all of our members sign it.
"We need to send a very strong and very clear message to both COSLA and the Scottish Government that they must act now to deliver a fair pay settlement to Scotland's teaching professionals."
The teachers' pay settlement for this year was due to be paid by the start of April. No pay offer was received before this date. A 2% pay offer was eventually made by COSLA on the 19th of May, which was rejected immediately by the EIS. The EIS is calling for a pay settlement to be agreed before the summer break.
While remaining committed to a negotiated agreement, the EIS has already agreed to a ballot for industrial action in the next school session should no acceptable agreement be reached through negotiation.
Pay for Scotland's teachers is negotiated via the tripartite Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT), involving teaching unions, local authorities (COSLA) and the Scottish Government.