Discord on pay heads for tribunal

1st June 2001 at 01:00
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."

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