Scottish teaching union members vote to accept pay deal
Members of a Scottish teaching union have voted to accept the latest pay offer from local authority employers, halting strike action and bringing their industrial dispute to an end.
The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) voted 85.3% in favour of accepting the offer, with 14.7% rejecting it. Turnout was 79.9%.
Under the deal announced by Scottish Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville, teachers earning up to £80,000 will see their pay rise by 6% from April 2022, and then another 5.5% from the start of the 2023 financial year.
A ballot of members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) – the largest teaching union in Scotland – is due to conclude on Friday.
SSTA general secretary Seamus Searson said: “The membership has determined to accept the latest pay offer.
SSTA Pay Ballot – Vote to Accept
The SSTA conducted a formal pay ballot of members on the latest pay offer from the employers (COSLA). Members voted overwhelmingly to accept and brought the SSTA pay dispute and further industrial action to an end.https://t.co/UXsg6CVNIy
— SSTA (@SSTAtradeunion) March 9, 2023
“Throughout the period of industrial action, the SSTA has taken a measured approach and has been willing to negotiate to find a solution to the pay dispute.
“The SSTA is proud to be a member-led union, and the ballot is a fundamental part of our democratic process.”
Mr Searson said the SSTA will now push for teachers to receive the backpay they are due as quickly as possible.
He continued: “However, the SSTA has a major concern over the unnecessary pay cap; this seems to be an act of political dogma rather than a rational proposal.
“The inclusion of this is a considerable barrier in the professional career structure for secondary school teachers.
“The career ladder has been stifled for many years, the number of posts of responsibility has been cut severely. Posts such as these are needed in secondary schools as they are essential for good management systems.”