16-Day Rolling Programme of Teacher Strikes Underway Across Scotland

Created on: 16 Jan 2023 | Last modified: 23 Feb 2023

Teachers across Scotland will be taking further strike action over the next three weeks, as a dispute over pay continues.

Schools in Glasgow and East Lothian were closed today, as members of the EIS took strike action at the start of a 16-day rolling programme of industrial action across Scotland.

Tomorrow, teachers in North Ayrshire and Perth & Kinross will be the next to hit the picket lines in pursuit of a fair pay settlement from the Scottish Government and COSLA.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Andrea Bradley said, "The start of this 16-day programme of strike action is another clear message to the Scottish Government and COSLA that they must improve their pay offer to Scotland’s teachers.

"EIS members have already taken three days of national strike action across Scotland, and today’s escalation of strike action is a direct consequence of the failure of the Scottish Government and COSLA to negotiate a fair pay offer to Scotland’s teaching professionals."

Ms Bradley added, "Teachers do not want to be on strike, but are taking strike action as a last resort in their pursuit of a fair pay deal. For the best part of a year, the Scottish Government and COSLA have dragged the process out while offering deep real-terms pay cuts to Scotland’s teachers. There has been no significant movement in the offer for the past six months, which has forced teachers into this programme of strike action.

"It is time for the Scottish Government and COSLA to come back with a meaningful, new and sufficiently improved offer – that is the only way this dispute can be settled."

The 16-day programme of rolling strike action involves schools in every local authority in Scotland, with teachers in two local authorities on strike each day for the next three weeks. On Friday, the EIS announced a further 22 days of strike action, in addition to the current programme of action, should no satisfactory resolution be reached in the campaign for a fair pay settlement from the Scottish Government and COSLA.