At a meeting of the SNCT Extended Joint Chairs held earlier today COSLA tabled a revised pay offer for 2022/23 of 3.5% in response to our "cost-of-living" pay claim for a 10% pay rise from April 2022, which was lodged on 7 February 2022, over 6 months ago.
This follows the previous offer of 2% which was rejected in May. EIS made clear that the new offer of 3.5% was wholly inadequate and likely to be seen by its members as insulting.
Teachers deserve better than the deep cut in our pay a 3.5% pay increase would represent with inflation now at over 10% (RPI 12.3%).
The EIS Salaries Committee will formally consider the offer at its meeting next week on Thursday 25 August when it will likely recommend rejection of the offer and an early ballot of the membership on its willingness to take industrial action in pursuit of a fair pay settlement. With their votes, EIS members will be able to send a clear message to COSLA and the Scottish Government that they must pay attention to teachers and provide a fair pay settlement.
A further update will be issued to members next week following the meeting of the Salaries Committee.