Teachers in Western Isles Willing to take Industrial Action over Council's Remote Learning Plans

Created on: 15 Jun 2022 | Last modified: 15 Jun 2022

EIS members in Secondary Schools in the Western Isles have been taking part in a consultative ballot for industrial action over an imposition of harmonised timetables which would see an increase in online learning as the default method of teaching.

Members were asked “Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action in pursuit of Western Isles’ Local Association dispute on harmonised timetables and digitalised learning?”

The ballot closed at 12.30pm today (Wednesday) and the results are as follows:

Turnout 74%
88% - yes
12% - no

The Western Isles EIS Local Association Executive will now arrange to meet and discuss the results. Details of the dispute and its background can be found here.

Karen Graham, EIS Local Association Secretary, said “We have informed the authority of the result of the consultative ballot and hope they will use this result to ensure they re-affirm their commitment to collective bargaining and it informs their decision-making in terms of taking the voice of teachers seriously. We are always open to resolving this dispute through negotiation and consultation, however if the authority wishes to continue on its path of imposition rather than agreeing a way forward with teaching staff, it is likely that a statutory ballot for strike action will be the next step. We are now looking at a window of opportunity, let’s hope the authority utilises it.”