The EIS Executive Committee has today agreed to open a statutory strike ballot over pay, and agreed a timetable for the action.

This follows yesterday's consultative ballot result, when 57% of those voting rejected the current pay offer and backed a move to a strike ballot, on a turnout of 81%. 

The ballot is scheduled to open on Monday 11th March, and will run for three and a half weeks. EIS Executive also agreed a date for the first potential day of strike action – Wednesday 24th April.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The 81% turnout in our consultative ballot was quite remarkable and is a strong confirmation that it is our members who are making the decisions in this campaign."

Mr Flanagan added, "The vote – 57% to reject the offer against 43% to accept - was a decisive one and leaves both the Scottish Government and COSLA in no doubt as to the mood of members and both our ability and willingness to move to strike action if that is what is required to generate an acceptable offer."

Mr Flanagan went on to say, "The EIS, which represents 80% of the profession, will continue to campaign for an improved pay offer for Scotland’s teachers."

The EIS Executive agreed that the EIS will continue to pursue a negotiated settlement and that the EIS wishes to continue dialogue to that end. A negotiating meeting, SNCT Extended Joint Chairs, is already scheduled for this Tuesday.

The Executive meeting also decided to recommend to EIS Council that no strike action would be taken during the SQA exam diet but that further action would follow in June, if no negotiated solution has been achieved.