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Teaching unions reject latest pay offer branding it an 'abject insult'

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Scotland's largest teaching union has rejected the Scottish Government's latest pay offer to avert strikes from taking place later this week, with one union boss describing it as "nothing less than an abject insult".

As school staff carry on preparations to walk out on Thursday, the Scottish Government made a new offer to the EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland) and SSTA (Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association) unions on Tuesday in a bid to prevent industrial action, with the former set to strike this week.

And hours after the deal was put to education unions, NASUWT said its members had backed industrial action in their battle for higher pay.Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has urged union leaders to postpone action to consider the offer, but the EIS unanimously rejected the plea, with its general secretary Andrea Bradley describing the offer as "nothing less than an abject insult to Scotland's hard-working teaching professionals".Andrea said: "Teachers overwhelmingly rejected a 5% offer more than three months ago and now, after months of prevarication and weeks of empty promises, Cosla and the Scottish Government come back with an offer that is worth that same 5% to the vast majority of teachers."This is not, as the Scottish Government claims, a progressive offer - it is a divisive offer, made on a differentiated basis, which is actually worse for many teachers in promoted posts."Under the proposals, teachers earning less than £40,107 will receive an increase of £1,926 per year, 6.85% for those on the lowest salaries, while those earning more will receive a 5% increase and those earning more than £60,000 will receive a £3,000 boost.As well as the EIS, which rejected the offer after a special meeting of

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