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The NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union has today rejected the latest pay offer from employers’ body COSLA.

The offer was a measly 0.2% increase to the previous offer and, with inflation currently at 7.8% RPI and 5.5% CPI it represents an enormous real-terms pay cut for teachers.

The pay award has been rejected by the NASUWT as it fails to address the rising cost of living, represents yet a further continuation of the real-terms erosion of teachers’ salaries and fails to adequately recognise the significant contribution teachers have made and are continuing to make every day during the ongoing pandemic.

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said: “This pay offer is an insult to members and is insulting to their hard work and dedication.

“To offer just an extra 0.2% is a kick in the teeth to teachers who have served on the frontline throughout the pandemic.

“With surging levels of inflation, this woefully overdue offer from the employers is far too little and far too late.

“Teachers deserve a better deal but this offer will only serve to deepen the anger of the profession and will have major adverse impact on the morale and retention of teachers.”

NASUWT National Official Scotland Mike Corbett said: “With rising inflation, an increase in National Insurance due from April 2022, energy bills rising exponentially and further rises predicted to the overall cost of living, the offer is seen to be wholly inadequate.

“The Scottish Government and COSLA continue to fail to deliver an adequate pay rise to hard-working teachers who will be instrumental in taking forward the wide-ranging plans for educational reform in Scotland, announced yesterday.

“Ministers and COSLA must stem the rising anger amongst the profession and come forward with an urgent programme of pay restoration.”

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