Home Archived A date is set for first national teacher strike since 1980s Back A date is set for first national teacher strike since 1980s 1st March 2019, 12:04am Share A date is set for first national teacher strike since 1980s https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/date-set-first-national-teacher-strike-1980s Copy Link What's your diary looking like for 24 April? It's a Wednesday, if that helps. If you're planning to vote in favour of strike action, you may want to leave it free. That is the day that Scotland could see its first national, teacher-led strike since the 1980s. Late last week the executive committee of the EIS, the country's largest teaching union, agreed to open a statutory strike ballot over pay, and accepted 24 April as the day that a strike would kick off. The move followed a consultative ballot that drew an 81 per cent turnout - of those who took part, 57 per cent voted to reject the current pay offer and backed a move towards a strike ballot. The strike ballot will open on Monday 11 March and will run for three-and-a-half weeks. The union's general secretary, Larry Flanagan, said: "The 81 per cent turnout in our consultative ballot was quite remarkable and is a strong confirmation that it is our members who are making the decisions in this campaign. "The vote - 57 per cent to reject the offer against 43 per cent to accept - was a decisive one and leaves both the Scottish government and [local authorities' umbrella body] Cosla in no doubt as to the mood of members and our ability and willingness to move to strike action if that is what is required to generate an acceptable offer." The EIS executive agreed that the union will continue to pursue a negotiated settlement and that it wishes to continue dialogue to that end. A meeting of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers - the tripartite organisation comprising unions and local and national government - is scheduled for Monday. You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Register for free to read more You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below. Alternatively, check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Register Subscribe now Already registered? Log in You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Subscribe to read more Check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Subscribe now Share A date is set for first national teacher strike since 1980s https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/date-set-first-national-teacher-strike-1980s Copy Link Read more New Magazine Experience New Magazine Experience • 18th November 2021 How Quizlet can benefit new teachers Dan Worth • 6th September 2019 Make MFL planning a breeze with Quizlet Heather Martin • 9th September 2019 How Quizlet can boost English teaching and learning Lauran Hampshire-Dell • 17th September 2019 Recent Most read Most shared Call to end P1 SNSAs and divert money to school ventilation Tes essentials: Zahawi, face masks and phonics Why it is time to mark McCrone's card, all these years later Exclusive: Nadhim Zahawi on what he is going to do next Wellbeing Around the World: Removing heads of subjects KCSIE 2022: The key proposed changes How to read MAT financial accounts - and why you should 5 practical skills to succeed in middle leadership Time management: is this approach the silver bullet?