Schools close across Scotland as teachers go on strike over pay

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Virtually each schools successful Scotland person closed their doors to pupils arsenic teachers took portion successful their archetypal nationalist onslaught for astir 40 years aft dismissing the latest pay offer arsenic an “insult”.

Just a fewer superior schools successful Orkney and Shetland opened arsenic mean connected Thursday, portion elsewhere children remained astatine location arsenic thousands of members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) took portion successful a one-day strike.

The EIS represents 80% of Scotland’s teachers and Thursday’s concern enactment affected astir each primary, secondary and further enactment needs schools, arsenic good arsenic galore nurseries and aboriginal years learning centres.

The national said determination were picket lines crossed Scotland with determination wage run rallies planned successful Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Elgin during the afternoon.

Teachers voted overwhelmingly for onslaught enactment aft they rejected a 5% wage connection successful a ballot much than 3 months ago. The EIS, meanwhile, described a last-minute connection put guardant this week by employers arsenic “cynical”, expanding the mean worth of the connection from 5% to conscionable 5.07%.

“Their overmuch self-lauded ‘generous and progressive’ connection is really worth, connected average, an other 71 pence per week to Scotland’s teachers compared to the antecedently rejected offer,” said EIS’s wide secretary, Andrea Bradley.

“We truly did not privation to beryllium successful this position, and person engaged constructively successful talks for galore months, but person been forced into this onslaught by the inaction of the Scottish authorities and Cosla (the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) who person refused to marque immoderate betterment to a wage connection that was roundly rejected by teachers 3 months ago.”

The acquisition secretary, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said the latest connection – the 4th that has gone to unions – would person meant a 21.8% cumulative summation successful teacher wage since 2018 and a starting wage for a afloat qualified teacher of £35,600 – £7,650 much than counterparts successful England.

“It is simply unaffordable to person a 10% summation which unions are asking for wrong the fixed fund which the Scottish authorities is moving in,” Somerville added.

“I recognise the spot of feeling wrong the unions but they besides request to recognise that the Scottish authorities fund is fixed and is already committed. Any caller wealth for teacher wage would person to travel from elsewhere successful education.”

Under the latest rejected wage connection from Cosla, immoderate teachers earning little than £40,107 would person an other £1,926 a year, equivalent to a 6.86% uplift for the lowest paid, portion those successful the apical 2 bands were being offered a 5% uplift.

Teachers told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme of their choler astatine the latest pay, and described however hard it had been taking onslaught action. One teacher, Andrew, who works successful Angus, said: “Our main occupation is to look aft and amended young people. We perfectly emotion doing that but we besides privation to beryllium paid akin to the complaint of inflation.”

Disruption volition proceed successful Scotland with the EIS readying further onslaught enactment successful the caller year, portion the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association and the NASUWT national are readying to onslaught connected 7 and 8 December, starring to closures of immoderate schools and disrupted timetables successful others.

In England, members of the 2 largest teaching unions, the National Education Union and the NASUWT, are voting to onslaught aft the authorities failed to amended its 5% wage offer, raising the imaginable of schools and colleges closing this winter.

The Association of School and College Leaders has besides opened its archetypal consultative ballot, asking members if they enactment a ceremonial ballot connected onslaught action.

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