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Scottish teachers hopes of large pay rise dashed.

Scottish teachers hopes of large pay rise dashed.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has dealt a blow to Scottish teachers’ hopes of winning an inflation-busting 10 per cent pay rise, insisting that the profession has been made a “fair and affordable” offer.

Thousands of teachers from across the country staged a rally in Glasgow at the weekend, but Mr Mackay insists that he can’t agree to a deal which could jeopardise spending on other public services.

Employers, including local councils, have tabled a “final” offer of 3 per cent for all but the most highly-paid teachers, with some grades receiving bigger rises.

 

“We’ve set out a proposal to teachers as part of the tripartite negotiations,” Mr Mackay told BBC Politics Scotland yesterday. “I think it fits with the deals that we’ve come to so far, stepping away from the pay cut – the 1 per cent pay cut – and I think it’s fair and affordable to ensure we can keep investing in our public services.

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