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ANGER AT COSLA'S 'FINAL PAY OFFER' FOR TEACHERS

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The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association has condemned the local authority management side's final pay-and-con...
The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association has condemned the local authority management side's final pay-and-conditions offer as a recipe for chaos in Schools.

The Herald (27 March, p9) reported that David Eaglesham, general secretary of the union, said the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities' lack of understanding of ways to improve learning and teaching in schools had been clearly exposed.

The Educational Institute of Scotland was similarly unimpresed. It said it was regrettable that the management side had decided to publish its 'so-called final offer'. This was 'extremely unhelpful to the process of negotiation'.

The reveiw offer was tabled by Cosla on Friday. It is worth£182m and would give unpromoted teachers at the top of the ladder a 17.3% pay rise over three years. Principal teachers' pay rises range from 10.5% to 13.5%. The offer also refines post structures and stipulates that working hours will not exceed 35 in any one week.

However, teachers have lodged a claim for 8% for one year, fear the management structure proposed will not work and say there is nothing to improve the quality of education.
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