COSLA has offered a pay rise to Scotland’s teachers of 2% for 2022/23.

The NASUWT and the other teacher unions have united in rejecting this offer, not least because of the ongoing rapid rise in the cost of living.

Members will be acutely aware that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation is now 9%; less well-reported is that the Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation is 11.1%.

Scotland’s teachers only recently received a pay ‘rise’ that was due in April 2021; again, a less well-known fact is that the pay deal equated to a 4.5% real-terms pay cut for teachers for the 2021/22 pay year when measured against last year’s inflation.

A much-improved, revised offer has been requested as soon as possible, with reference made to last year’s unacceptably prolonged process.

An indication has been given that an improved offer will be made following the spending review on 31 May and we will keep members informed of further developments.


 

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