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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has formally rejected the latest pay offer for 2021/22 for teachers.

The NASUWT, along with other education unions, formally rejected the pay offer at a meeting of the Teachers’ Panel of the SNCT (Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers) this afternoon.

The formal rejection of the offer follows consultation with members where they made clear their opposition to the offer.

The pay award has been rejected 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.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Teaching unions are united and clear in their message to the Scottish Government and COSLA-this pay offer is both derisory and insulting to the hard work and dedication that continues to be shown by teachers every day.

“This is a pay award that should have been agreed and paid to teachers months ago.

“The failure of ministers and employers to make a credible offer to teachers is a kick in the teeth to teachers continuing to serve on the frontline of this pandemic, who are now facing the added pressure of rising prices eroding the real-terms value of their pay still further.

“Ministers and COSLA now urgently need to come forward with an improved offer. Every day of delay is only increasing the anger of our members and we are considering all avenues, including industrial action, over the failure to provide teachers with a decent pay settlement.”

Mike Corbett, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:

“At a time when virtually every day seems to bring more news of price increases or tax rises which will erode further the value of our members’ salaries, it is shameful that ministers and COSLA are seeking to double down on the pressure on teachers by tabling such an inferior pay offer.

“Their actions are damaging the morale of teachers and threaten to open up a crisis in recruitment and retention in which the ultimate losers would be our children and young people.

“Ministers and COSLA must now recognise the strength of feeling amongst the profession and come forward with an improved offer to avoid risking an escalation of action over pay.”

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