The Association of Head Teachers in Scotland represents the majority of primary heads. We were not offered a place on the millennium review group looking at the pay and conditions structure for teachers, just as we do not have a place on the Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee.
It is not good enough for the Educational Institute of Scotland to say that they represent primary headteachers, for if they did they would presumably support the claim for parity of salary with our secondary colleagues.
When invited to join the AHTS in preparing a case for the Equal Opportunities Commission, the EIS suggested that we wait for the millennium review. There have been no references to parity in any of the reports that I have so far seen.
Perhaps the EIS should consider whether or not they are truly serving the needs of their primary headteacher members.
Maire Whitehead Vice-president Association of Head Teachers of Scotland St Mirin's primary, Glasgow