MUSIC instructors currently playing second fiddle to teacher colleagues are set to mount a mass legal case to win what they believe is a just pay rise.
The country's 700 instructors, along with advisers and psychologists, have received no pay increase following the post-McCrone agreement and are the only local authority workers not to have their salaries upped.
Instructors were offered a 10 per cent rise and a 35-hour week at last week's Scottish Negotiating Comittee for Teachers but the catch was a break in the 14-year link with teachers' pay.
The Educational Institute of Scotland, which represents most instructors, threw out the local authority and Scottish Executive offer and is now inviting instructors to take a collective case to an employment tribunal.
Ken Wimbor, it's assistant secretary, said: "We have written to members on the basis of unlawful deduction of wages under the Employment Rights Act."