Teachers across Scotland will walk out today in their first national strike over pay and conditions for almost 40 years.Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) will join picket lines after they refused a new deal put forward earlier this week.Schools across the country will close as a result of the industrial action after education secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville warned the union that a 10 per cent pay rise was "unaffordable".A last-ditch offer made on Tuesday in a bid to avert strike action would see the lowest paid staff receive a 6.85 per cent increase, with most getting a 5 per cent rise.But that was rejected by the EIS, and its general secretary Andrea Bradley branded it an "inept rehash" of the offer made to teachers earlier this year.
She said that while the offer will see some lower paid teachers receive 6.85 per cent, that will only involve 8.4 per cent of staff.Almost three-quarters (74 per cent) would receive a 5 per cent rise, but Bradley said "more than half" of head teachers and deputy head teachers would be worse off.She claimed teachers had been told the Scottish Government and local government body Cosla had been "going to be looking to see where they could perhaps take money from elsewhere in their budgets", but she added: "All they have done here is take money from some teachers and give it to others."Bradley said: "We had assurances last week from Scottish Government and Cosla colleagues that they were doing their utmost to find new money.
They simply have not done that. To us it looks like they simply have not tried hard enough."The EIS has already announced further strike action on January 10 and 11, and Bradley warned it is "now inevitable that further dates will be announced".SheRead more on dailyrecord.co.uk