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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has consulted its members over the latest pay offer from the Scottish Government. The majority of members responding voted marginally to accept the latest pay offer.

46% of members responding said they disagreed with or were angry about the latest offer whilst 39% said they were disappointed with the offer but believed that it was necessary in the circumstances. Just 13% said they agreed with the offer.
 
52% of members responding said the Union should accept the latest offer, whilst 48% said the NASUWT should reject the offer.
 
47% of members were concerned that the latest pay offer would have a negative impact on teacher morale, compared with 16% who said it would have a positive impact on morale.
 
The NASUWT remains in dispute with the Scottish Government and Employers.
 
Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“We have asked our members for their views on the latest pay proposals which include marginal improvements over what was previously on the table.
 
“It is clear that our members are fed up with being taken for granted, with the interminable delays and with the secretive way in which the Scottish Government and the Employers have acted.
 
“Teachers have waited far too long and they expect to see more money in their pockets now.
 
“Teachers have endured more than a decade of cuts to their pay alongside rising levels of workload and worsening working conditions which still need to be addressed.

“Our members have voted in almost equal measure on acceptance and rejection of the latest offer, indicating that this belated deal is not good enough.

“We cannot overlook the fact that this pay award is almost a year late in coming, and follows months of dither, delay and game-playing by the Employers and the Scottish Government. During that time, our members were left to struggle with rising cost of living pressures and deepening financial hardship.
 
“The failings of the current negotiating machinery must be urgently addressed to ensure that teachers are never again left in limbo as they were this year.

“The Scottish Government and COSLA need to take responsibility for the breakdown of industrial relations seen over recent months and for the disruption it caused.”
 
Mike Corbett, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said: 

“Notwithstanding a number of concerns, these proposals would not have been forthcoming without the determined and responsible stand taken by our members. It was their willingness to take action which led to improved pay offers being tabled, despite the Scottish Government advising on numerous occasions that no further funding was available for any enhanced offer.
 
“We will continue to speak up for teachers who continue to feel let down by the Government and Employers, whether that is on pay, workload or teacher wellbeing.
 
"We will not allow our members or the profession to be taken for granted.”

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