Fresh talks to take place amid dispute over teachers’ pay in Scotland

Fresh talks are taking place in a bid to end strike action by teachers over pay in Scotland. The Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers, which brings together the

Scottish Government, local authority leaders in Cosla and trades unions, is to meet on Friday. However the EIS, Scotland’s largest teaching union, has insisted that its

protests will continue until a “substantially improved” pay offer is received. Unions have already rejected a deal that would see most teachers receive a 5% pay rise, though

some lower earners would get a 6.85% increase. Instead teachers, who are striking in Angus and East Dunbartonshire on Friday, are demanding a 10% wage hike. EIS

general secretary Andrea Bradley said: “The reality is that our members are not prepared to accept the sub-inflation 5% that has repeatedly been offered, and only a substantially

improved offer from the Scottish Government and Cosla can end this dispute. “Strike action will continue until that improved offer is on the table for our

members.” Her comments came after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for “further compromise” to end the dispute. Ms Sturgeon conceded there “does still remain a

gap” between the unions’ demands and “what is affordable”. But she insisted: “This is a Government that values public sector workers and seeks to negotiate fair pay

deals.