United Kingdom - Teachers at Scottish schools to strike over pay - November 30, 2017

Teachers in Scottish schools are striking over pay, increasing pressure on Scottish ministers to offer public sector workers a pay rise. The strikes followed warnings from the civil service trade union PCS that it would call for strike action unless the government offered an above-inflation salary increase in December’s budget. PCS said that 99% of its members supported holding a strike ballot in a consultative vote last in October, on a record 49% turnout. The union, which has 8,000 members in Scottish government-funded posts, wants UK, Scottish and Welsh ministers to offer significant pay rises in their respective budgets. Trade union NASUWT said teachers at Scottish primary schools would strike in the new year. Its members had not had any pay awards since April 2016 and this year’s award was six months overdue.

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