Perils of a pay review body

7th May 2004 at 01:00
It is worth reminding ourselves occasionally that, whatever the difficulties encountered in implementing the post-McCrone agreement, there is an air of settled will about teacher-management relations in Scotland.

That is not to say all contention has been conjured away, and there is already some tension in the air as the unions seek to hammer out the first pay agreement following the deal.

These thoughts have been prompted by the air of gloom wafting up from south of the border. Even members of the National Association of Headteachers, at its recent meeting, are firing warning shots across the Government's bows, threatening to pull out of the workload agreement that has been achieved in England and Wales unless it is better funded.

Scotland has been able to agree on a package that covers contentious issues to a greater or lesser satisfactory extent. The agreement has been made possible because the principle of national negotiations has not been eroded here. A review body doesn't do it.

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