After last year’s unacceptable delays, which saw Scotland’s teachers finally getting their April 2021 pay rise more than a year late, it appears that COSLA and the Scottish Government are taking a similar approach this year.
The SNCT Teachers’ Panel pay claim of 10% was submitted at the end of March 2022 for the pay award due from 1st April 2022. A formal offer of 2% was eventually received on 18 May and immediately rejected by all of the teacher unions.
A revised offer was promised ‘after the Scottish Government Spending Review on 31 May’ but has still not been received.
NASUWT members will not need to be reminded that we rejected the 2021/22 pay offer, mainly because it represented a 4.5% real-terms pay cut for Scotland’s teachers, which seemed a curious way to reward them for their work during the pandemic.
The very least that our members deserve this year is a pay award which matches inflation, currently running at around 10%.
Urgent action by the Scottish Government is required to ensure the continued support of teachers in securing any suitable kind of education recovery.
Please email your MSP to urge them to show support for teachers by raising this issue directly with the Cabinet Secretary, Shirley-Anne Somerville, asking her to take such steps as are necessary to insist that employers come back to the negotiating table urgently with an improved and appropriate offer for teachers.
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