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Scottish education union backs more strikes over pensions

by Andrew Fullwood, EIS Council (pc)
Issue No. 2287

The EIS Scottish education union will lobby other education unions to organise a joint strike as soon as possible.

A meeting of the EIS council unanimously backed the plan today, Saturday.

The union is now committed to trying to build for a strike with other unions that have refused to sign the government’s lousy deal.

They include the NUT and UCU.

The Scottish government must approve any changes to our pensions. Despite their rhetoric, ministers have said they will pass on the increased pension contribution in April.

The EIS has tried to get discussions with the Scottish National Party but it has not responded.

The EIS is the largest single education union in Scotland with members in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities.

Other smaller unions like SSTA and the NASUWT also struck on 30 November and they should now join the growing fightback.

A national education shutdown will be a real blow to the Tories. If we win on pensions it will give confidence to everyone fighting back against austerity.

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