Swinney in last-chance saloon to avoid first national teacher strike since ’80s

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Teachers, generally, are pretty patient people, right? It takes a lot to keep calm and carry on when the little cherubs in your class won’t do what you say – despite you repeating it 15 times.

But it seems that, after a year of pay negotiations, patience is wearing pretty thin. So much so that the national council of Scotland’s largest teaching union has approved the opening of a statutory strike ballot over pay.

If the industrial action goes ahead, it will be Scotland’s first national teacher-led strike since the 1980s. Unions say teachers’ pay has fallen by 20 per cent in real terms in the ...

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