Teachers ‘deliberately misled’ over pay offer, union claims

Teachers ‘deliberately misled’ over pay offer, union claims

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eachers had been “deliberately misled” by the Scottish Government and Cosla before a “pathetic” new pay supply was tabled, a union has said.

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) has condemned ministers and native authority chiefs after academics rejected the brand new wage proposals on Wednesday.

Teachers incomes under £40,107 would have been given a rise of £1,926 – 6.85% for these on the bottom salaries – whereas the best earners would get 5%.

Every school on Scotland’s mainland closed on Thursday as members of the EIS union took strike motion within the pay dispute.

The SSTA is planning to strike on December 7 and eight.

The union said its salaries and situations of service committee unanimously rejected the most recent supply.

Seamus Searson, general secretary of the SSTA, said the Government and Cosla had made academics imagine a “serious increased pay offer” can be placed on the desk.

He said: “The Scottish Government and Cosla have deliberately misled the teachers’ unions into believing a serious increased pay offer would be made.

“After three months what we received was a pathetic and insulting pay offer that penalised senior teachers to the benefit of a very small number of new entrants.

“This treatment only shows contempt for teachers. How they think this is a sensible offer is beyond belief.

“A misleading statement by Scottish Government that falsely twists statistics to try and give the impression that this is a serious and substantial pay offer only compounds the feeling of contempt.

“For the vast majority of teachers there is no new offer. SSTA members have no option but to continue with planned strike action on December 7 and 8.”

Paul Cochrane, SSTA salaries and dealing situations committee convener, said: “It is evident that Cosla and the Scottish Government have refused to listen to the view of the teachers’ side that any offer should be undifferentiated and reflective of the current economic situation faced by a workforce that stood tall during the critical period of the Covid-19 pandemic

“Cosla’s behaviour has illustrated that, by dint of delay and late postponement of timetabled meetings, it has never been serious about settling with teachers. The tripartite consensus has been deliberately sabotaged and used as a stick to frustrate and punish teachers.”

Source:standard.co.uk

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