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MSP supports EIS general secretary's comments that Scot teachers are ill treated by UK Gov

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:55 GMT on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013.

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CENTRAL Scotland MSP Clare Adamson has said that teachers in Scotland are being subject to “ill treatment” by the UK government; lending her support to the EIS union’s General Secretary comments, criticising the UK Treasury, in his speech to union delegates at an AGM, last Friday (7th June).

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan criticised the UK Government for essentially moving the goalposts on pension negotiations in a speech made to AGM delegates on Friday 7th June.

In his speech, Mr Flanagan described the process of negotiating teachers’ pensions as a “frustrating experience,” pointing out that whatever proposals the EIS or the Scottish Government considered, the UK Treasury would always use its power of veto over Scottish schemes to make sure any Scottish variant from the English scheme was poorer when compared to the default proposal.

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The General Secretary also told delegates that the UK Treasury cancelled a meeting scheduled for last week to discuss a way forward on pensions. 

Commenting, Clare Adamson, SNP MSP for Central Scotland and member of the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee, said: “The EIS General Secretary is right to point out the ill treatment of Scotland’s teachers by the UK Government.”

The SNP member of Holyrood for the Central region added: “The refusal of the UK Treasury to have constructive talks with EIS over pensions is doing nothing to help end the uncertainty they have caused by failing to treat our teachers the same way as their colleagues south of the border. Our teachers deserve better.

“The Scottish Government will continue to work to find ways to protect teachers’ pensions from UK Government cuts, but the only way to make sure our teachers receive the full respect and assistance they deserve is to vote Yes on 18 September 2014.”

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