Threat of strike action as teachers lose patience

TEACHERS ARE THREATENING to take strike action unless a “satisfactory outcome” is forthcoming in national talks over pay and workload.

Members of the EIS teaching union will meet later this week for their AGM when the prospect of strike action will be at the top of their agenda.

The Union’s general secretary, Larry Flanagan, said: “The signal that teachers are sending out is that enough is enough and that these issues must be tackled to reduce the workload burden.

“Teachers are always extremely reluctant to take industrial action – so it is significant that there are a number of motions calling for some form of industrial action over workload to be debated at the AGM this year, including calls for a boycott of some of the internal assessments currently demanded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.”

A motion being put to the AGM calls for a campaign for a pay deal that does not link any increase in salary with “detrimental changes to conditions of service”.

The motion adds that “if no satisfactory outcome is forthcoming, members are to be balloted for industrial action up to and including strike action.”