Teachers in Scotland set to strike as pay dispute formally declared

A 5% pay offer has been rejected by members of the EIS, Scotland's largest teaching union.

EIS union say teachers in Scotland set to strike as pay dispute formally declared iStock

Teachers in Scotland are set to take strike action after a dispute over pay was formally declared.

Members of the EIS – the country’s largest teaching union – last week voted in favour of strike action and to reject a pay offer of 5%.

The union will now move ahead with a statutory ballot, which is the final step in ensuring that a strike can take place.

EIS general secretary Andrea Bradley said the union is listening to its members amidst the dispute.

“Today’s formal rejection of the pay offer and the declaration of a dispute with local authority employers is an important step in the continuing campaign for a fair pay settlement for Scotland’s teachers,” she said.

“The message from our consultative ballot last week was crystal clear – Scotland’s teachers have had enough and are prepared to take action over pay.

“The EIS is listening to its members and will not move forward with a statutory ballot to enable strike action in schools later this autumn.”

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