Speaking at the first day of STUC Congress in Aviemore, General Secretary Larry Flanagan spoke about the ongoing EIS 10 per cent Pay Campaign, and the need for unity in the fight for pay within the public sector.

“If we think that we are worth 10 percent, we would have to fight for it, and that means that we would have to be ready to take strike action if necessary. Ten per cent will give Scottish teachers an equivalent pay scale to college lecturers. The college lecturers only had their pay scale because they took six days of strike. When we are discussing it in our schools, we are saying to members that there are lessons to be learned. If we think that we are worth 10 percent, we would have to fight for it, and that means that we would have to be ready to take strike action if necessary.”

Mr Flanagan added that the EIS is willing to ballot its member for industrial action in support of the EIS campaign for a 10 per cent pay increase.

“We are confident that we can build a campaign amongst our members to take whatever action is necessary to deliver the 10 per cent. It is time across the public sector to stand up and to stand united. There are those who seek to divide us - whether it is the UK or Scottish Government. If we express solidarity across all the public sector and if we can work together and united, we can win on pay.”