Employers’ Side revised pay offer - November

The NASUWT has been advised of a revised pay offer tabled by the Employers’ Side for this year’s teachers’ pay negotiations. The terms of that offer are as follows:

A settlement to run for the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022, consisting of:

  • a 1.22% increase at all SNCT pay points;

  • a backdating of the implementation date of the pay award to be effective from 1 January 2021, rather than 1 April 2021.

For context, the current rate of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation is 3.1% and is expected to rise to 5% by April 2022, making this proposed offer a significant pay cut for hard-working teachers who have given everything during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The only difference from the previous offer, rejected by 85% of NASUWT members who responded to our pay survey, is the addition of three months’ backdating: for a teacher at the top of the main grade scale, this would equate to an additional £126 for those three months ­before any deductions.

This offer was examined by the NASUWT Salaries Committee on Friday 5 November and subsequently rejected. It was then discussed by the constituent teacher trade unions at an emergency meeting of the Teachers’ Side of the SNCT earlier today and also rejected.

Our School Representatives and Workplace Contacts are currently being encouraged to hold member meetings in schools to discuss pay, workload, and health and wellbeing issues for members. We would ask that these activists include discussion of the terms of this offer as part of any member meetings that are held.

Members can also email the NASUWT Scotland Office with their thoughts on this latest derisory offer.

Pay survey

The NASUWT undertook an indicative survey of its members in October following the Employers’ Side’s offer of 1.22% for 2021/22. The response from our members was overwhelming:

  • 85% rejected the pay offer of 1.22% for teachers in Scotland;

  • 82% believed that the pay offer was unfair in the current circumstances;

  • 78% agreed that a pay award of 1.22% would have a negative impact on their morale;

  • 86% said they would be willing to take some form of industrial action in response to the pay offer;

  • 74% said they would be willing to vote for strike action to get a better pay deal.

The anger of teachers over the failure to deliver a fair pay award is clear. The current offer of 1.22% represents a further significant real-terms pay cut to teachers’ pay, compounding a decade of erosion in value of teachers’ salaries.

Pay is a major issue of concern for NASUWT members, adding to their concerns over excessive workload, wellbeing and health and safety.

At a time when more and more is being asked of the profession, the Union wrote to the Cabinet Secretary, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, asking her to take such steps as are necessary to insist that employers come back to the negotiating table urgently with an improved offer which would deliver real progress towards pay restoration for teachers.

The NASUWT remains committed to working with the Government and COSLA on these matters in the interests of the teaching profession and the education of our children and young people, while no option has been discounted by the NASUWT in supporting our members, collectively, to secure a fair pay award.

Teachers have expressed their anger and opposition to the pay offer and it is time now for the Scottish Government and local authorities to listen and come forward with an improved offer that addresses the year-on-year erosion of their salaries.

For further information, please see the NASUWT press releases below. Other information, including our letter to the Cabinet Secretary, is on the right/below.