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Scotland’s largest teaching union has announced 16 new days of strikes in a pay dispute.

Education Scotland (EIS) general secretary Andrea Bradley said strikes would take place on “sixteen consecutive days in January and February”, with teachers in “two local authorities going on strike”. work on each of these sixteen days”.

That means that on any given day, a small part of Scotland will be affected – but in 16 days most of the country will be affected.

EIS, which represents 80% of Scottish teachers, says national strike action has taken place against teachers for the first time in four decades yesterday, resulting in the closure of every public school on mainland Scotland.

Scottish teachers are calling for a 10 per cent pay rise – something Scottish authorities say they can’t afford – and better working conditions.

Ms Bradley said: “We were forced to escalate this action due to a lack of willingness to negotiate and pay teachers properly, by a government that said it wanted to be judged on its educational performance.

“The Scottish teachers’ verdict on the pay issue is clear, with the first national strike action program we’ve been on in four decades.”

Under the new proposals, teachers earning less than £40,107 will receive an increase of £1,926 a year – 6.85% for those on lower wages – while those earning more will receive 5%.

The EIS has called for a 10% pay increase from the Scottish government.

Yesterday, Scotland’s Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville called for unions to return to the negotiating table.

“I appreciate the strength of the feeling within the unions, that they would like to see a 10% increase, but I would like to point out that since 2018 the Scottish government has provided – including this year’s proposal – a cumulative 21.8% increase in teacher salaries,” she said on Bauer Radio.

Members of the Scottish Education Institute (EIS) join teachers at a protest outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to protest against pay
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Scottish teachers hold first national strike in four decades

Several industries are planning a strike across the UK this year, from transport to the NHS and education to delivery drivers.

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