The Executive of the EIS has agreed to recommend to a specially convened meeting of the national EIS Council a move towards balloting its members on industrial action over pay. The decision was a unanimous one.

Earlier this week, teaching unions rejected the latest revised offer, dated January 7th, from COSLA and the Scottish Government.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS Executive has agreed the timeline for the opening of a strike ballot over pay. Our national Council will now meet tomorrow to review this timeline, and to consider granting authorisation for a statutory strike ballot on pay."

He added, "Our members have shown a great deal of patience over the past year, but this patience is now exhausted. While we would still welcome any improved pay offer from employers, none has yet been forthcoming. Therefore, our Council will now decide whether to initiate a statutory strike ballot when it meets tomorrow."