Latest offer from the employers on Teachers' Pay and Conditions
Scottish Teachers sold down the river
At the SNCT Teachers’ Panel meeting held on 28 April 2011, the constituent union groups were asked to outline their positions with regard to the Scottish Government/COSLA proposals.
The NASUWT, having conducted a consultative ballot in which members rejected resoundingly the proposals, stuck resolutely to the position of rejection.
The SSTA announced that 93% of members voting in their consultative ballot had also rejected the proposals.
VOICE remained opposed to the package but indicated a willingness to continue to negotiate on the separate elements within the deal.
EIS in a second consultative ballot had recommended to their members that they should accept the proposals. The results of the EIS ballot were : 56.2% in favour of accepting, 43.8% voting to reject.
All unions declared their positions and the chair moved that the SNCT Teachers’ Panel should formally accept the proposals. The vote was 13 (EIS) in favour of acceptance and six (NASUWT, SSTA and VOICE) against. The NASUWT asked for its dissent to be recorded.
Unfortunately, for teachers across Scotland, the constitution of the SNCT Teachers’ Panel is such that this vote means that the SNCT Teachers’ Side will now be bound to accept the Scottish Government/COSLA offer at the next full meeting of the SNCT despite the fact that all parties except the EIS voted against.
The NASUWT believes that teachers in Scotland have been sold down the river by this vote and now face a worsening of their conditions of service. The Union is particularly concerned by the discriminatory nature of some of the proposals.
A full report will go to the NASUWT National Executive at its meeting on 6 May and there will be a discussion on the next steps with regard to this matter.
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NASUWT members in Scotland have been kept regularly updated on the discussions in the SNCT relating to budget cuts, an agreement reached between the Government and COSLA and the impact on teachers' pay and conditions of service.
The bulletins can be found on www.nasuwt.org.uk/RepsBulletins
The NASUWT has rejected consistently the proposals put forward by COSLA which propose budget cuts based on teachers bearing the brunt of the savings.
At a meeting of the SNCT on the 23 March 2011 a revised offer was made to the teachers’ side by the employers. The NASUWT analysis of the offer can be accessed via the right-hand side of this page.
The offer from the employers makes very little material difference to original offer which in a consultative ballot, over 93% NASUWT members who participated in the ballot voted to reject.
At the SNCT meeting the NASUWT representatives voted against the revised offer. The NASUWT National Offers will be considering the details and the Union’s response at their meeting on 25 March 2011.
A bulletin for members is being posted to home addresses.