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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is urging the Scottish Government and local authorities to commit to serious negotiations on the pay offer for teachers and come forward with a proposal which addresses the year-on-year erosion of salaries which teachers have endured over the last decade.

Following a meeting of the SNCT (Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers) yesterday at which the Teachers’ Side declared a formal dispute over the pay offer for 2021, the NASUWT will be formally consulting with members on their views on the pay offer in order to inform our next steps.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Teachers are increasingly angry and demoralised at the failure to agree a fair pay award which recognises the tremendous contribution they have made during the pandemic.

“The current proposals represent a real-terms pay cut for teachers, and come on top of a decade of erosion of their salaries.

“We will now be formally consulting with our members to seek their views on the pay offer and we have made it clear to the employer that that no option is being discounted by the Union to obtain a fair pay award for our members.

“We urge the employer to recognise the strength of feeling of teachers and come forward with a reasonable pay offer which recognises the vital work our members do for our children and young people and which will support the continued recruitment and retention of teachers in Scotland.”

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