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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, along with other education unions, has formally rejected a pay offer of 2% for 2022/23 for teachers in Scotland following an SNCT (Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers) meeting yesterday.
 
The NASUWT has deemed the offer unacceptable as it represents a substantial real-terms pay cut at a time when the country is facing the biggest cost of living crisis for 40 years. The offer also completely fails to make any headway in tackling the erosion of teachers’ pay over the last 12 years.
 
Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:
 
“Teachers are united in their message to the Scottish Government and COSLA that this pay offer is nowhere near substantial enough at a time when inflation is now running at 9%.
 
“We have made it clear to employers that they must come back with a significantly improved offer which recognises the increasing financial strain teachers are under and which values them for the vital work they do.”
 
Mike Corbett, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
 
“Teachers have already endured the debacle of their last pay settlement being a year late and woefully underfunded, equating to a real-terms pay cut of 4.5% for 2021/22.
 
“Teachers have now experienced years of effectively being paid less and less when the demands on them have grown and their own living costs have spiralled.
 
“This damaging and unfair cycle must end. We are seeking a programme of pay restoration which enables teachers to weather the cost of living crisis and which recognises the essential and highly skilled job they do.”

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