Will Swinney’s pay proposal be enough to stop teacher strikes?
If Scotland’s councils don’t table a new pay offer that is acceptable to teachers, the country could soon be facing its first national teacher-led strike since the 1980s.
With the EIS, Scotland’s biggest teaching union, preparing for a strike ballot, the education secretary, John Swinney, has announced that he has proposed a new pay deal to the councils’ umbrella body, Cosla. Will the local authorities accept it and put it forward to the EIS? And, more importantly, will the teachers find the offer satisfactory?
Here, Swinney and the general secretary of the EIS, Larry Flanagan, have their say ...