At Thursday’s Extended Joint Chairs meeting a revised pay offer was received from COSLA.
This offer is for 3% across all SNCT posts (as opposed to the previous 3%/2% offer, either side of the top of the main grade scale). This would apply to all teachers and associated professionals except for those earning £80,000 or above, whose increase would be limited to £1600. The offer would be backdated to April 2018 and is a single year offer.
In addition to the 3% pay increase COSLA also supported a Scottish Government proposal to amend the Main Grade Salary Scale by reducing the number of points from 6 to 5 with a higher starting and finishing point (aimed, it was claimed, at addressing recruitment and retention issues).
The teachers' side will consider the offer in more detail but the EIS has already indicated its view that 3% falls well short of the 10% claim and is unlikely to be acceptable to members.
We have been clear, also, that the 10% claim is for all members at all grades. Whilst the Institute may be willing to consider amendments to the main-grade scale, there must be improvements of equal value for members on all salary scales for progress to be possible.
A further negotiating meeting of the Extended Joint Chairs is scheduled for the 18th September, where the Teachers' Side will respond formally to the offer.
It is the view of the of the EIS that whilst we will continue to negotiate in good faith with both COSLA and Scottish Government, we must be preparing, also, for the likelihood of a ballot during this session and the possibility of industrial action.
It is essential, therefore, that we continue to increase pressure through our campaign and that we build for a significant show of strength at the October March and Rally.
Further updates will be issued in due course.
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