No New Pay Offer at SNCT Meeting: Strike Action to go Ahead this Week

Created on: 09 Jan 2023 | Last modified: 23 Feb 2023

Today’s meeting of the Extended Joint Chairs of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT), held this afternoon at the request of teaching unions, ended with no new pay offer to teachers from the Scottish Government and COSLA.

As a result, and as signalled in advance by teaching unions, the lack of any new offer will mean that strike action in Scotland’s schools will proceed as scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday) and on Wednesday.

Commenting this evening, EIS General Secretary Andrea Bradley said, "The SNCT negotiating meeting, held today following a request from teacher unions, did not result in any new pay offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA. This means that strike action – planned for Tuesday in primary schools and for Wednesday in secondary schools – will proceed as scheduled."

Ms Bradley added, "It is disappointing, though not surprising, that no new offer was presented today, despite some positive progress in discussions. The union side remains willing to talk, at any time, with a view to reaching a resolution to this dispute.

"While it is now too late to halt this week's strike action in schools, we hope that fresh talks may take place later this week to advance discussions towards an improved offer. Only a significantly improved offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA can bring an end to this dispute."