Last year, the Educational Institute of Scotland and other teachers’ unions submitted a claim for a pay rise, backdated to last April.
Teachers’ pay is a matter for the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers, and the Scottish Government is committed to its role within the SNCT in bringing these discussions to a negotiated conclusion.
The Scottish Government has proposed a multi-year pay deal, covering 2018-19 to 2020-21, which would see a 3 per cent increase for teachers earning up to £80,000 each year (with a flat increase of £1,600 for 2018-19 for those earning above £80,000 with no cap thereafter).
In addition, the Scottish Government has now improved its proposition by supporting a restructure of the pay scale – adding 3 per cent to the five main grade pay points and all promoted post pay points. This would be backdated to 1 January 2019.
Under this scenario, teachers would receive a minimum 9 per cent increase between January 2018 and April 2019 and a further 3 per cent rise in April 2020.
The proposition on the table for teachers – if accepted – would be the best pay deal for any group of public sector workers anywhere in the UK.
The Scottish Government will provide the additional resources required to support this – a clear indication of our commitment to the teaching profession.
All propositions must be provided by COSLA as employers, so we will ask COSLA to agree this proposition next week and formally offer it to unions following agreement.
Industrial action is in no one’s interests, not least our children and young people, and we welcome the agreement by EIS to allow further time to reach an agreement.