BREAKING: Teachers’ strike ballot called off

 

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Scotland’s largest teachers’ union has called off its planned strike ballot after an improved pay offer was made.

The ballot of EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland) members was due to take place on Monday. However an offer from the Scottish Government was discussed by the union’s national council and they are expected to urge members to accept it.

The EIS is calling the development “a significant success for Scottish teachers.”

The new offer is:

  • A 3% pay rise effective from last April
  • A 7% rise this April
  • A further 3% rise next April

This represents a compound increase of 13.51% over three years.

The EIS received a letter outlining the new offer this morning, following a campaign which has continued for more than a year.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said: “The EIS launched the Value Education, Value Teachers campaign in January last year, with the aim of securing a fair pay settlement for Scotland’s teachers.”

Education minister John Swinney welcomed the decision to suspend the ballot. He said: “This landmark agreement brings together a partnership with local authorities and professional associations to tackle critical issues, in tandem with a settlement on pay.”

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