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CONFLICTS DELAY FIRST ROUND OF SCOTTISH TEACHER PAY TALKS

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Pay talks for Scottish teachers began yesterday amid 'fierce acrimony' between unions and local authorities, the Sc...
Pay talks for Scottish teachers began yesterday amid 'fierce acrimony' between unions and local authorities, the Scotsman reports (p11).

The two sides held their first formal meeting since some teachers' leaders said they might accept modernisation of staff working conditions in exchange for a substantial pay rise.

But sources at the meeting said discussions were delayed and disrupted by arguments between the groups, and shouting matches were reported.

The arguments are understood to be the result of a split over a plan put forward by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to offer teachers an above-inflation pay rise over the next three years. To get the increase teachers must agree to work longer hours and scrap a number of promoted positions. They could also lose part of their summer holiday.
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