Anger at increasing workloads dominated the annual conference of the EIS,
Delegate after delegate from local associations attacked the “monster of bureaucracy” that is inhibiting them from getting on with the job of teaching.
Conference heard reports of teachers under intolerable pressure due to changes to exams and the curriculum.
A motion was overwhelmingly passed calling for strikes to be included in the EIS campaign against increased workloads in schools and colleges. Union leaders were committed to preparing this campaign of action by December this year.
Celia Connolly from
Delegates also overwhelmingly backed industrial action over pay and pensions.
Calls for resistance in the spirit of the massive public sector strike of November 2011 received some of the loudest applause.
EIS council, the union’s leadership body, called for action over a “restorative” common pay claim with local government workers in
Speaking in support, Anne McCrae from
Glasgow EIS secretary Hugh Donnelly insisted that “significant, sustained and determined action” was needed.
Votes over rule changes at times provoked the most debate. There were arguments over campaigning against leadership decisions and the amount of time motions receive.
Delegates committed the union to campaign against zero hours contracts. Moving the motion Charlie McKinnon from
He said the victory of Hovis workers in
Motions passed calling on EIS to investigate gender stereotyping and subject choice, and also to report on effective strategies to combat misogyny.
Conference also backed a call against the scapegoating and stereotyping of immigrants, and for the union to help promote a more positive view of immigration.
Charlotte Ahmed from
The left managed to narrowly pass a motion to ban fascists from the teaching profession, overturning a defeat four years earlier. This brings EIS in line with other teaching unions such as the NUT.
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