Scottish teachers to vote on strike action

Scotland’s biggest teaching union could back a ballot on industrial action over pay when it meets for its AGM this week.


The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) will debate several motions related to pay and conditions, including one backing strikes from the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, if next year’s settlement does not reach an agreement.


The union’s general secretary, Larry Flanagan, said the mood of teachers was hardening over pay as he called for the Scottish Government and council body Cosla to address it urgently. The EIS said staff had endured a decade of “real-terms erosion” as part of public sector pay restraint.


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