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The failure to make an adequate pay offer to teachers risks jeopardising the provision of high-quality education to children and young people across Scotland, the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has warned.

The Union will now be consulting with members over the latest offer and our next steps, but the continuing failure of ministers and employers to bring forward a pay offer for 2021/22 which addresses the rising cost of living and which recognises the significant contribution teachers have made and are continuing to make every day during the ongoing pandemic is only likely to further infuriate members.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Shamefully, the SNCT seem prepared to preside over the continuing real-terms erosion of teachers’ salaries.

“Continuing to rely on the goodwill and dedication of teachers while their pay falls further and further behind other professions and the workload and challenges climb ever higher is both foolhardy and exploitative.

“Teachers are angry and frustrated by the failure of the SNCT to recognise the extraordinary pressures they are currently working under. Teachers are working to maintain education provision and recover pupils’ learning against a backdrop of high Covid rates in schools which is impacting on their own health and safety, as well as their workloads, wellbeing and morale.

“This derisory pay offer is not one that demonstrates to teachers that decision makers understand the realities of their workloads and the challenges they face.

“Employers and the Scottish Government have once again failed to demonstrate that they value teachers as key workers.”

Mike Corbett, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:

“This pay award fails to take into account the rising cost of living pressures and will impact adversely on recruitment and retention.

“The Government’s ambitions for education recovery will be in serious jeopardy unless additional investment is made on teachers’ pay.

“We will now be considering our next steps, in consultation with members, in response to this offer.” 


 

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