March 2021

Pay Negotiations 2021

The Extended Joint Chairs of the SNCT met on the 17 March 2021, to discuss the pay offer to teachers and associated professionals made by COSLA in response to the 2021-2022 SNCT Pay Claim

The offer from COSLA is:

A 2% uplift for those earning up to £40,000; and
A 1% rise for those earning over £40,000 with a cap of £800

The teachers' side were clear that the offer was unacceptable as not only would it leave some members with below inflation pay increases but moreover the differentiated nature of the offer was contrary to the need for a universal percentage for all teachers and associated professionals at all grades.

Negotiations are ongoing and the next meeting of the Extended Joint Chairs will be held on 31 March.

Action for Reps: Please share this information with members.

 

Updated Guidance on Return to In-School Delivery

The Education Department has published updated guidance to provide members with practical advice on the return to ‘in-school’ delivery. This advice has been drafted on a sector specific basis and can be accessed here.

Education Scotland has also issued guidance which can be read here, and revised guidance has been issued by the Scottish Government.

Action for Reps: Please make members aware of the updated guidance.

 

Council Elections 2021/2022

The EIS Council for 2021-2022 has now been confirmed. The EIS President for 2021-2022 will be Heather Hughes, West Lothian with Andrene Bamford, East Dunbartonshire as Vice-President. Full details of the results of Council 2021/2022 can be found on the EIS website.

Action for Reps and Branch Secs: Please make members aware of the election result.

 

Our Wellbeing Matters Programme

New workshops in the 'Our Wellbeing Matters' programme will be launched on the 23rd March, and 20th April, along with a series of blogs posted over the spring break. Wellbeing related topics include sleep, money, nutrition, photography, and gardening.

Action for Reps and Branch Secs: Encourage members to visit the programme page for information on upcoming workshops, and to access free materials accompanying past workshops.

 

Resource for EIS Trade Union Reps, Equality Reps and LA Secretaries: Mobilising for Anti-Racism at Work

Structural inequalities that prevail in our society mean that our members’ rights are impacted differently by workplace policies, financial cuts, and the bargaining strategies we choose to employ. As trade union leaders, you can work to facilitate and mobilise workers to organise for anti-racism. Organising around anti-racist issues can be a key way to engage members in matters they care about, and can demonstrate the relevance of union activity to social justice issues.

Action for Reps and Branch Secs: This guide is a practical learning tool to support your skills in addressing racism and engaging members around race equality, through your role as a Rep. 

 


Briefing for EIS Trade Union Reps and LA Secretaries: “One Thousand Women’s Voices: Recording EIS Member’s Experience and Resilience During Covid-19”

The impact of the Covid-19 crisis continues to detriment women’s lives and equality. Women are disproportionately represented on the frontline of the pandemic, are at higher risk of gender-based violence and domestic abuse, as well as bearing the burden of an increase in unpaid and caring work.

In October 2020, the EIS Strategy Sub-Committee issued a Memorandum requesting the Equality Committee to identify the gendered nature of many of the issues arising from Covid-19 that currently face the teaching workforce, and the actions or aims required to address these issues – in order to shape national and local campaigning.

Action for Reps and Branch Secs: This briefing for Reps and LA Secretaries provides insight into the findings from a sample of one thousand EIS women members and gives suggestions for possible trade union activity. 

 

Student Teacher Webinar- Mental Health & Wellbeing and Practice Teaching Placements

4.30pm – 6pm, Thursday 25th March

A new online webinar for student teachers will take place on Thursday 25th March 4:30 – 6pm. The event will feature a panel of key speakers. Monica Porciani, Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing at Strathclyde University discussing student teacher mental health & wellbeing in the context of Covid-19, Andrea Bradley, EIS Assistant Secretary discussing GTCS updates on practice teaching placements and an EIS Organiser with advice on how student teachers can organise and collectivise within the EIS to solve problems. There will also be Q&A sessions with the panel.

 Action for Reps: Please encourage any Student Teacher at your Branch to register for the event here

 

TUC Equality Rep Training Courses

The equality impact of the pandemic is significant, and now, more than ever, we should encourage members to get involved with leading the agenda for change. We are planning to run Equality Rep training soon and are currently seeking interested members to take part.

We hope to arrange the first two days of training for Friday 23 April and Friday 4 June 2021. Please note, these dates are provisional at the moment.

All Equality Reps undertake four days of training - two days of Stage 1 and two days of Stage 2. This is all TUC accredited and delivered by an external trainer. It covers the Equality Act 2010, the public sector equality duty, the role of a rep, and lots more. The training is free but unfortunately we cannot pay for cover.

The training will be conducted online, via Zoom, and will run from 9:30am until 4pm on each day.

Action for Reps: If you know of a member in your Local Association who is interested in equality issues and may want to become an EIS Equality Rep, please send their name and email address to Natalie Carroll, Administrative Assistant, Education and Equality Department (NCarroll@eis.org.uk) by Monday, 22 March.

If you or the member would like some further information about the process of becoming an Equality Rep, or about what the training entails, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

FELA – Forth Valley College and West Lothian College Local Disputes

EIS-FELA members in Forth Valley College began a programme of 18 days of industrial action on Wednesday 17th March. The aim is the reinstatement of several who had to accept Instructor/Assessor posts to avoid redundancy and to ensure it does not happen to any other lecturers at the College.

EIS-FELA members in West Lothian College are currently carrying out a statutory ballot for Industrial Action against the recent introduction of Instructor/Assessor roles at the college. The EIS sees instructor roles as an undermining of the lecturer role since instructors are paid less to teach more, and do not need to meet GTCS FE standards that are in development.   

Action for Reps and Branch Secs: More info can be found on the FELA section of the EIS website. Please also send solidarity messages via social media using  #CollegesNeedLecturers.

 

2019 – 2020 Probationer Recruitment

There are still some of the 2019-20 Probationer Teacher cohort who have not updated their direct debit details now their period of free membership has come to an end. In order to continue accessing member benefits they must update their status on the EIS website and complete a direct debit mandate. 

Action for Reps: Approach any new teachers that did their probationer period in 2019-20 and ask them join and update their details on the EIS website.

 

Updating Member Details

If you have new colleagues in your school who are EIS members, they should update their school base or personal contact details on the myEIS section of the website. Remind them to log on using their EIS number. It is quick and simple to set up a password. Alternatively, as a Rep you should have access to member lists for your school and you can update details on their behalf.

Action for Reps: Visit the EIS website to update member details.

 

Contact your EIS Organiser

If you would like support to hold a branch meeting, advice on rep training or building your branch, please contact your EIS Organiser. You can find their contact details on the EIS website.





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