Members of Scotland’s largest teaching union have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new pay proposal from the Scottish Government.

Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) members have been voting on the new proposal, which includes a pay increase of 13.5 per cent over three years, with 98 per cent backing the offer.

Members rejected two previous offers in ballots and, in October last year, over 30,000 teachers and supporters marched through Glasgow in support of the EIS pay campaign.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: "The campaign has been a significant success and has now secured an improved proposal that will increase teachers’ pay by at least 10 per cent by April.

"Members have given their overwhelming backing to this proposal, so the EIS will now move to formally conclude an agreement.”

The EIS has been campaigning for a significant pay rise for Scotland’s teachers for over a year, as part of the union’s Value Education, Value Teachers campaign.

The EIS had been set to move towards industrial action but, following the latest proposal from the Scottish Government, instead opened the ballot on the new offer with a recommendation to accept.

Mr Flanagan added: "The package is good news for Scotland’s teaching professionals and for Scottish education, and it has been achieved by the unity and determination of EIS members across the country.”

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