EDUCATION advisers have put a series of employment tribunal cases on hold to give the local authorities a final chance to settle their pay grievance.
The Association of Educational Advisers in Scotland has so far lodged more than 90 tribunal applications following the refusal of their local authority employers to award them the same 23 per cent pay rise as teachers have received.
The association has now instructed its solicitors, Harper Macleod, to delay action pending the outcome of discussions scheduled over the next month.
A subgroup of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers had its first meeting on the advisers' case earlier this month and they are looking for a recommendation to be made to the main committee by October.
Tommy Doherty, salaries spokesman for the AEAS, said: "We have made clear our determination to receive the settlement to which, as teachers, we are entitled. Although we have decided to put a hold on this for the time being, a sense of urgency is required."
In the past six months the association has more than doubled its membership among Scotland's 250 advisers and educational development staff and now represents upwards of 80 per cent of them.
But the association is angry at being frozen out of the SNCT subgroup, advisers being represented by the Educational Institute of Scotland.
Authorities have been asked to submit their views on the future role of advisers to their negotiators before any pay proposals are made. The management side has resisted offering salary increases in line with teachers because these were made to buy a 35-hour week, changes in conditions and job evaluations for senior staff.
Advisers, however, are already on a 35-hour week and are also on non-teaching conditions for their five weeks of annual holiday. Some authorities regard advisers almost as part of the management, not as teaching staff.