Scottish Greens welcome “landmark” offer to teachers

Scottish Greens have welcomed a “landmark” pay offer to teachers, the highest in twenty years. 

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP, who was involved in the talks, welcomed the frank approach of the teaching unions during this week’s discussions and pointed to the challenges caused to public sector pay negotiations in Scotland by the actions of the Westminster government.

Ross Greer MSP said:

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to make this landmark offer. If agreed, it will deliver the biggest pay uplift in two decades and allow students to get back to school. Teachers do incredible work every day and the huge respect we have for them is very much reflected in this historic proposal.

"This has been a very difficult process, largely as a result of the cuts Westminster has made to the Scottish Government's budget. That's why I appreciate the frank and constructive way in which teacher union colleagues have engaged with us over the last few days in particular. If teachers accept this offer, they will receive their highest pay increase in more than twenty years. I'm proud that we've been able to make such a proposal despite the massive pressures on the Scottish Government’s budget."