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Teaching union agrees 10% pay rise to avoid huge strike

Scotland's teachers urged to accept latest offer from the Scottish Government.

Teachers marched through Glasgow to demand better pay.
Teachers marched through Glasgow to demand better pay.

Scotland's teachers have been urged to accept a new pay offer in a bid to end their strike threat.

The Scottish Government's latest offer, which will give them a 10% rise from next month, has been recommended for acceptance by the country's largest teaching union.

The settlement includes 3% backdated to April 2018 and 7% from next month. Teachers will also get another 3% from April next year.

At a meeting on Friday, the national Council of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) overwhelmingly agreed to recommend acceptance.

Previous plans to vote on strike action have now been scrapped and the EIS will instead open a consultative ballot of its members on the new offer.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: "The new proposed offer outlined in today's letter from the Scottish Government represents a positive attempt to address these issues.

"It offers a three-year pay settlement of 3% from April 2018, 7% from April 2019, and 3% from April 2020, for a compounded total increase of 13.51% over three years."

The union also said it had received guarantees about tackling workloads and improving teachers' personal development.

Thousands of teachers and their supporters marched through Glasgow in October as part of their campaign for a larger pay hike.

Mr Flanagan said: "Throughout the campaign, it became increasingly clear that - in addition to pay - teachers also have serious concerns about issues such as the recruitment and retention of teachers, professional development, workload, and the level of support for pupils with additional support needs."

Education secretary John Swinney said: "Very pleased we have reached an agreement on pay, workload and empowerment.

"This creates an excellent opportunity to strengthen Scottish education and make sure our young people can fulfil their potential."

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