Emma Seith

Teachers must be ‘willing to strike’ to get a pay hike

But as union rallies members for a ballot, ex-first minister warns against industrial action

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This year Scottish teachers are demanding a 10 per cent pay rise – but the best offer on the table from councils has been 3 per cent. To bridge that gulf, union leaders believe teachers will have to at least demonstrate that they are prepared to strike by voting for action in a national ballot.

There has not been a national teacher-led strike over pay in Scotland since the 1980s, but last year college lecturers demonstrated the power of the walkout when they won their fight for a rise.

However, in an exclusive interview with Tes Scotland, former first minister Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale ...

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