Trade Unions in the Independent School Sector

Created on: 19 Apr 2023 | Last modified: 09 Nov 2023

Some independent schools choose not to recognise trade unions, despite high levels of union membership.

The EIS will continue to push for recognition and representation to ensure that our members are treated fairly and are aware of their rights.

If you are concerned that you are being treated unfairly or discriminated against, please contact your nearest Area Office in Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow. You will be put in contact with the relevant Area Officer for the local authority area in which you work.

Members in the Independent School Sector & their EIS Local Association

As an EIS member in an independent school, you are automatically a member of an EIS Local Association which covers the local authority where your independent school is located.

EIS Local Associations are run by elected representatives who are serving teachers, and are supported by EIS staff.  Local Associations send information/newsletters about local matters,  provide training, access to EIS networks and access to CPD etc. As an EIS member, you are eligible to play a full role in these activities and be elected to a Local Association office, or indeed national EIS office.

 If you are not on the LA mailing list and wish to be, please contact your relevant LA Secretary