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Following the outcome of a consultation with its members in Scotland over the pay offer, the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is putting Ministers and employers on notice that teachers have reached the end of the road as a result of the year-on-year deterioration of their conditions of service and that a new deal for teachers on working conditions must now be agreed as a matter of priority.
The NASUWT has conducted extensive consultation with its members over the pay offer through local association and in-school meetings, telephone canvassing and email exchanges. The information gathered has confirmed the Union’s research evidence that pay is only one of the serious concerns of teachers about their jobs and that teachers are looking for all of their concerns to be taken seriously by Government and employers.
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
“The anger and disillusionment of our members with their current conditions of service has been absolutely clear in the feedback the Union has received.
“Whilst the pay offer has been the recent focus of everyone’s attention, responses from NASUWT members in the consultation process have also confirmed that there are other issues of equal concern which need to be addressed urgently, in particular excessive workload and pupil indiscipline.
“The severe year-on-year erosion of the once gold standard conditions of service, which supported Scotland’s teachers in delivering high standards of education, has led to a growing crisis in the teaching profession.
“81% of teachers say that the job is affecting their mental health.
“86% say that spiralling workload is blighting their professional lives and adversely affecting their health and wellbeing.
“Over three quarters of teachers say there is a problem with pupil indiscipline in their school and that they have had enough of being told that verbal and physical abuse are all part of the job.
“In the last year 71% of teachers have seriously considered quitting teaching altogether.
“These are stark figures which the Government and employers ignore at their peril.
“NASUWT members are tired of politicians saying that they value teachers but then doing little to demonstrate it.
“Whilst NASUWT members are angry about the pay offer and there was support for a national day of action over pay in conjunction with other unions, they are equally concerned about the need for tangible improvements in their working conditions, particularly workload and pupil indiscipline, and the overwhelming majority indicated a willingness to take industrial action to tackle these issues.
“If the employers and the Government believe a pay settlement signals the end of the matter, they are sadly mistaken.
“The NASUWT Officers will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the feedback from members and the position the Union will be taking in the SNCT Teachers’ Panel meeting scheduled for Monday 25th February 2019.”


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