Scotland’s largest education association accepts the payment offer

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Members of Scotland’s largest education union have voted to accept a bid to end long-running school strikes.

The European Information Bureau confirmed that 90 percent of those who participated in the poll supported an increase of 7 percent retroactive to last April, another 5 percent next month and 2 percent in January.

The union had suspended the planned strikes when the offer was made last week. The EIS said the turnout was 82 percent

The result was confirmed after polling closed at 10 am.

Education Secretary Shirley Ann Somerville said the “fair, affordable and sustainable” offer was the most generous in more than 20 years.

EIS Secretary General Andrea Bradley said: “Accepting this offer would mean, for most teachers, a 12.3 per cent increase in their salaries by next month compared to current pay levels.

“The total current package will amount to a 14.6 percent increase in salaries for most teachers by January 2024.”

She added that its members had taken a “pragmatic decision” after a continuous period of strike, which she described as “very unfortunate”.

Ms Bradley said: “While it does not meet our expectations in terms of a conciliatory pay settlement for Scotland’s teachers, it is the best deal that can realistically be achieved in the current political and financial climate without further protracted industrial labour.

“It compares favorably with recent wage settlements across the public sector, and provides wage security for Scotland’s teachers for the next 16 months until the next wage settlement is decided in August 2024.”

SSTA members also voted to end the industrial strike

The teaching unions EIS, SSTA and NASUWT have been in an industry dispute for a year with the boards.

The deadlock was broken last week when councils, using additional funds from the Scottish government, put forward a new proposal that would see most teachers’ salaries increased by £5,200 in April.

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