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EIS members oppose shoddy deal

Issue No. 2248

There is growing anger among Scottish teachers over an awful deal supported by their union.

The EIS union has recommended that members accept a deal that would mean a two-year pay freeze and attacks on conditions.

A massive 98 percent of members voted to reject the deal in an indicative ballot. Some 85 percent supported taking industrial action against the plans.

The plans come from the Scottish National Party government and the councils’ umbrella organisation, Cosla.

The EIS backed the deal after minor concessions were given.

These include uncertain guarantees on jobs, the withdrawal of a threat to reduce sick pay and slight changes to a huge attack on supply teachers.

Supply teachers’ pay would be slashed by 47 percent. They would also face greater uncertainty about their work.

Many branches have voted to reject the deal. Some have called for the union leadership to resign. Teachers were set to hold a rally in Glasgow on Wednesday of this week.

The ballot ends on Thursday of next week.

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Tue 19 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2248
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