A teachers union has rejected the latest pay offer and will go ahead with further strike action.

The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union knocked back the offer by the Scottish Government and COSLA, after consultation with its members, 75% of whom said that they were prepared to take further industrial action.

Two more days of strikes are already planned for next Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT general secretary, said: “The latest pay proposals are a marginal improvement, but would still result in a real terms pay cut for teachers this year.

“The fact that the majority of our members have told us they reject this offer reflects the depth of anger amongst teachers who have endured cuts to their pay, despite rising levels of workload and deterioration in their working conditions.

“Our members expect a real pay rise which reflects the hugely important and challenging nature of teaching.

“We urge Ministers and Employers consider all options and to urgently come forward with further proposals that will address our members’ concerns and avoid further escalation of our dispute.”

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Mike Corbett, NASUWT national official Scotland, said: “While we want to resolve this dispute, our members are prepared to continue to take action to secure a competitive and fair pay award for teachers which will support recruitment and retention into the profession.

“Ministers and COSLA must come forward with a further pay offer which addresses seriously the real-terms erosion of teachers’ salaries which they have presided over since 2010.”