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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is urging the Scottish Government to intervene and urgently commit more funding to help local authorities make a serious pay offer to teachers.

The SNCT (Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers) Teachers’ Panel today (Friday) unanimously rejected a revised pay offer for 2021/22 from employers. The offer was the same 1.22% rise as tabled previously, the only difference being that it was backdated for an additional three months.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Teachers are increasingly angry at the failure to agree a pay award which recognises the significant contribution they have made during the pandemic and continue to make as part of education recovery.

“The current proposals barely differ from the previous offer, made months ago, and still represent a significant real-terms pay cut for teachers. In the meantime, the cost of living is rising with the Consumer Price Index currently measured at 3.1% and predicted by the Bank of England to rise to 5% by April 2022.

“The failure of Employers to come forward with a genuinely improved pay offer is not only failing teachers, but will also undermine the Scottish Government’s plans for education recovery.

“It is time for the Scottish Government to intervene to secure an improved pay settlement for teachers.

“No option is being discounted by the Union to obtain a fair pay award for teachers.”

Mike Corbett, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:

“Our members clearly expressed their anger at the earlier 1.22% offer with 85% rejecting it. This tinkering around the edges will not address that anger and may only fuel it further.

“The Employer needs to return to the table with a pay offer which addresses the year-on-year erosion of teachers’ pay and demonstrates to teachers that they are valued and respected for the critical work they do.”


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