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Scottish teachers

by Maureen Watson, EIS executive council (personal capacity)
Issue No. 1731

Scottish Teachers are being asked by their union leaders to vote for longer working hours and the right of management to control every minute of their lives. This is what the pay and conditions deal we are being balloted over really means.

The deal, said to be worth 21.5 percent over three years, comes out of the McCrone report into teachers' pay and conditions. This was set up after teachers in the EIS union voted by 98 percent to reject virtually the same package less than two years ago.

The new deal rips up teachers' current contracts. The new contract gives no guarantee on time for preparation and correction. Teachers will have to work up to an extra seven and a half hours a week. They will have to stay at school after the day ends to attend meetings, and run courses and after-school clubs.

Then they will return home with a pile of jotters to mark and the next day's work to prepare. If that weren't enough, we are also told we will have to do the equivalent of an extra week's work a year in training.

All this for a pay offer that's worth at most 4 percent a year once you take inflation into account. The most unbelievable thing about this is the enthusiasm of the EIS leadership for this appalling deal.

If we vote no and insist our union leaders demand a decent pay rise without strings, and increased funding for education to employ more teachers and cut class sizes, then we can say we are really doing something to improve education.

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Sat 20 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1731
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