Scotland’s largest teachers’ union has announced 16 new strike dates in a dispute over pay.
Andrea Bradley, general secretary of Education Scotland, said strikes would see them strike on “sixteen consecutive days in January and February”, with teachers striking at “two local authorities on each of those sixteen days”.
Work will begin on January 16th and will continue until February 6th.
This means that on any given day, small parts of Scotland will be affected – but in 16 days a large part of the country will be affected.
Scottish teachers are demanding a 10% wage increase – which the Scottish authorities say they cannot afford – and better working conditions.
Thousands of teachers walked out yesterday The first national strike by teachers in four decadesresulting in the closure of every state school on the Scottish mainland.
National strike days will also be held on January 10 for teachers in primary and special schools, as well as in the first years, and on January 11 for workers in secondary schools and private secondary schools.
Announcing the latest measure, Ms Bradley said: “We have had to escalate this measure due to a lack of willingness to properly negotiate and properly pay teachers, by a government which says it wishes to be judged on its record in education.
“The judgment of the teachers of Scotland on the question of wages is clear, with the first program of the national strike in which we have been involved for four decades.
“Now it is for the Scottish Government and Kozla to resolve this dispute, and prevent further strike action, by returning to the negotiating table with an offer of greatly improved pay for all teaching professionals in Scotland.”
Under the new proposals, teachers earning less than £40,107 will get a raise of £1,926 a year – 6.85% for those on the lowest pay – while teachers earning higher salaries will get 5%.
Yesterday, Scottish Education Minister Shirley Ann Somerville called on unions to return to the negotiating table.
“I appreciate the strength of feeling within the unions, that they want to see a 10% increase, but I would point out that since 2018 the Scottish government has delivered – including this year’s proposal – a cumulative 21.8% increase in teachers’ salaries,” she said on Power Radio. .
Many industries are planning strikes across the UK this year, from transport to the NHS and education to delivery drivers.