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Leaked document reveals planned assault on Scotland's teachers

by Andrew Fullwood, EIS Council, personal capacity
Issue No. 2253

Teachers in Scotland got a glimpse of the changes their employers would like to force on them this week when a document from the councils’ umbrella organisation Cosla was leaked.

It showed that they want to undermine the teaching profession and are willing to put the education of pupils at risk to save money.

One proposal is to reduce the time teachers have for preparation, correction and reporting, while increasing the time teachers have to be in front of classes.

The McCormac Review, set up by the Scottish National Party government to review teachers’ pay and conditions, will consider Cosla’s proposals.

It is clear that its report, to be published during the summer holidays, will contain major attacks.

The Cosla document also commented on recent negotiations where major concessions were won from teachers after their negotiators capitulated to the demand for cuts.

The decision by the EIS union to accept the cuts has caused division inside the union and some members have left to join other smaller unions that have threatened action.

But none of them seem set to take any realistic action in the near future.

Activists inside the EIS are trying to organise a stronger rank and file that can unite the union, and others, to fight attacks on pensions, pay and conditions.

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