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Fresh attack on Scottish teachers

by Andrew Fullwood, EIS council members (pc)
Issue No. 2276

The McCormac report into “teaching professionalism” marks a fresh attack on teachers in Scotland. It was commissioned by the SNP government and COSLA, the organising body for Scottish councils.

EIS, the main teachers’ union in Scotland, will hold a special general meeting (SGM) to decide its response on Saturday 12 November in Edinburgh.

The report recommends devolving considerable power to head teachers, ending any negotiation with unions.

Other proposed changes include increasing class contact time and reducing time for preparation and correction.

Teachers have rejected the recommendations in school and local association meetings.

The EIS national council met last week to debate motions ahead of the SGM.

The union leadership is willing to compromise. But the votes on key debates at the meeting were so close that a count was taken.

Any proposals from the negotiations will be subject to a ballot. But the leadership accepted a crucial amendment that would trigger strike ballots if any changes were imposed without agreement.

Ordinary members must keep up the pressure on the EIS leadership.

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Tue 1 Nov 2011, 19:35 GMT
Issue No. 2276
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