Hutchesons' Grammar Dispute Settled, Strike Action to Cease

Created on: 12 Sep 2023

Following four days of strike action at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) dispute at the School is now settled on the basis of a 7-point agreement.

The dispute began in January with the School’s proposal to withdraw teaching staff from the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme and has been resolved through more beneficial changes to other terms and conditions.

EIS General Secretary, Andrea Bradley said, “This is a landmark dispute and resolution for members which has led to tangible outcomes for teaching staff. As well as this agreement, the school has also now agreed to recognise the EIS and two other teaching trade unions for collective bargaining purposes.

This means Hutchesons’ Educational Trust are the first private school in Scotland to recognise trade unions. We absolutely welcome this and hope to establish positive and collegiate relationships within the school moving forward.”

Mike Martin, Rector of Hutchesons’ Grammar School said: “We are pleased to have reached a positive outcome. I wish to thank our staff, the Unions, and the Board of Governors, for the genuine desire to find a solution to difficult circumstances, that has required compromise on all sides.

I also wish to thank our parents for their support through these recent challenges. Hutchesons’ Grammar School is committed to maintaining this positive working relationship going forward to support staff in their delivery of an outstanding education for their pupils.”