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EIS leadership will face anger at ‘rotten deal’

by Andrew Fullwood, EIS council (pc)
Issue No. 2255

The EIS will hold its conference this week amid anger at how the leadership of the Scottish teachers’ union is opposing attacks on education.

Following a ballot, the EIS recently signed a deal with the Scottish government and the council employers’ Cosla organisation that cut teachers’ pay.

This will be the first occasion since that the leadership has faced members’ anger.

The conference will make important decisions about the way to fight spending cuts.

But EIS leaders, having accepted the argument that public sector workers must pay for the crisis, will struggle to win delegates’ trust.

This is especially true after Cosla leaked a proposal for further cuts.

It is crucial that the Scottish National Party government is held to account for its cuts.

This will not be done with warm words but will require a determined, militant fightback.

EIS conference will also debate curriculum reform and the introduction of new qualifications—a legacy of Labour’s time in office.

Known as the “Curriculum for Excellence”, it is increasing teachers’ workloads.

There will also be debates about the Westminster government’s attack on our pensions.

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Tue 7 Jun 2011, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2255
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