New pay offer for Scottish teachers could be tabled 'within days'

Teachers are scheduled to strike at the end of this month, but could have a new offer to consider before the action gets under way.

A revised pay offer for Scotland’s teachers will be tabled by the Scottish Government “within days,” according to the education secretary.

Educators across the country have walked out of classrooms over the past few months in a series of strikes over a wage increase deal.

Teachers want a rise of 10% but have thus far only been offered between 5% and 6.85% for lower-paid staff.

Further staggered strikes by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) are scheduled for February 28 and March 1.

But education secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has now said a fifth offer aimed at ending the dispute will go before unions later this week.

COSLA and the Scottish Government met on Monday afternoon to discuss the deal, but Sommerville did not say whether the 10% demand would be met.

“We want to see this pay dispute resolved, I think everybody does,” she told STV News.

“I would hope we are in a position that we can see that offer being made within the next few days.

“We think that if it is tabled, it will be fair, but it will also be affordable because the 10% pay demand that was originally made was not affordable.”

She added: “We have clearly gone and seen what else can be done to try and improve that offer. It will be our fifth offer that has been made.

“We have already put £50m worth of investment in to try and solve this pay dispute so far.

“The most important thing we should have in our minds is to end this disruption to learning, especially for those who have exams coming up.”

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