The only offer in town

29th October 1999 at 01:00
THE new deal will add pound;45 million to the teachers' salaries bill, bringing it to almost pound;1.5 billion. Starting salaries will rise from pound;13,206 to pound;13,680 while maximum pay for unpromoted teachers goes up from pound;21,954 to pound;22,743, backdated to April 1.

Ronnie Smith, the Educational Institute of Scotland's general secretary, acknowledged that the 3.6 per cent rise went "nowhere near to rewarding teacher professionalism properly or reflecting increases in teacher workload, but was the only deal available".

The average starting salary for graduates is pound;17,360.

But Mr Smith said the fact that teachers in England and other Scottish local government employees received less suggests it is not "a self-evident proposition" that national bargaining does not work.

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