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

The offer, which has been rejected after consultation with members, fails to address the rising cost of living, continues 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.

In the Union’s indicative survey, 83% of members said they would be willing to vote in favour of taking strike action in pursuit of a fair pay settlement.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Teachers have overwhelmingly voted to reject the latest pay offer, which is both derisory and insulting to the hard work and dedication that continues to be shown by teachers every day.

“Nine in ten members surveyed by the Union said they were angry or disagreed with the pay offer, with a further 91% saying they feel the proposed offer is unfair in the current circumstances.

“86% said the pay award, if imposed, would have a negative impact on their morale as a teacher and two out of three say they are seriously considering leaving the teaching profession.

“Ministers and employers need to recognise the deep damage that their actions are causing to the morale and commitment of teachers and for the continued provision of high-quality education to children and young people.

“Only by delivering a better deal for Scotland’s teachers will the Government and employers begin to restore the morale of the teaching profession, avoid disruption and secure better opportunities for pupils in Scotland’s schools.”

Mike Corbett, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:

"Our members have yet again shown their demands for a pay award which addresses the rising cost of living pressures they are facing.
“At the start of what is sure to be another hugely challenging term, ministers and employers cannot continue to just exploit teachers’ goodwill and dedication to their pupils.

“If they value education and value teachers they need to show it through the tabling of an improved pay offer.”

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