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Scottish schools shuts as teachers strike over pay

Scottish schools shuts as teachers strike over pay

Scottish schools shuts as teachers strike over pay

Scottish schools shuts as teachers strike over pay

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  • It is the first nationwide walkout since the 1980s.
  • Students are affected at nearly all primary and secondary schools as well as council nurseries.
  • Union proposals for a 10% pay increase rejected by education secretary.
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The teaching workforce in Scotland goes on strike for one day, marking the first nationwide school walkout since the 1980s.

The pay dispute is affecting students at nearly all primary and secondary schools as well as numerous council nurseries.

On Tuesday, unions rejected a revised compensation proposal, calling it “insulting.”

Shirley-Anne Somerville, the secretary of education, called their proposals for a 10% pay increase “unaffordable.”

According to Ms. Somerville, a fresh wage offer from employer Cosla, which would have seen increases of up to 6.85% for the lowest paid, was reasonable.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) now represents almost 80% of the country’s teachers, and the activities it is doing include eliminating practically all primary, secondary, and additional support needs schools.

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In both Orkney and Shetland, only a small number of primary schools will continue to operate.

A significant number of early childhood education centers and nurseries are also impacted.

According to the current pay offer, every single teacher who is now on the main pay range will be eligible for at least a 5% pay increase.

However, according to the EIS, around half of headteachers and deputes, whose incomes are already greater than £60,000, would receive a pay raise that is less than 5% of their current level.

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