Scotland: EIS Members Vote For Teachers Pensions Strike
Scottish schools will face a crippling day of strike action as members of one of the country's largest teaching unions voted overwhelmingly in favour of walking out over pension changes.
For the first time in nearly a quarter of a century, Scottish teachers will down their tools in protest, it was announced on Friday.
The strike is reported to be taking place on 30 November, when several other public sector unions are planning to take to the streets over pensions.
Leaders of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) reported that out of the 54% turnout, an 84% majority voted in favour of action. The union said patience had worn thin after pay freezes, cuts to the sector and the proposed change to rise the pension age.
The news comes as England and Welsh teaching union NASUWT announced they would ballot more than 200,000 members over plans to strike on the same day at the end of this month.
The idea to strike was first touted by the EIS at the end of August and the action will be confirmed by an executive meeting later.