The Glasgow Local Association of the EIS has opened a consultative ballot of all members on Thursday 10th December 2020.

Glasgow City Council has rejected the EIS request to move teaching and learning to remote online platforms for the pre and post-Christmas period, in the interests of minimising infection risk. The EIS claim that the Council have further failed to consider moves to blended or remote learning as a consequence of schools operating in a Level Four area of COVID restrictions. The ballot states that the Local Association believes this to be indicative of the Council failing to fully exercise its duty of care to staff.

The ballot, which has gone to all EIS members employed by Glasgow City Council - across early years, primary and secondary schools - is open until midday on Monday. Members are being consulted on whether the Local Association should declare a formal trade dispute with the employer. The Local Association Executive recommend a ‘Yes’ vote in this ballot. If there is a mandate to declare a dispute with the employer, this declaration will be made before the EIS decide on issuing a further consultative ballot on industrial action.

Susan Quinn, EIS Glasgow Local Association Secretary, said “The EIS has tried to work with the employer on ensuring safe workplaces since the beginning of the pandemic. Our members care deeply about the education and safety of Glasgow’s children and young people. That is why they know that schools and educational establishments should not remain open ‘at all costs’. We have simply asked the Council to consider moving to remote learning for a few days before and after the Christmas holidays, which it is within their power to do, and to outline their triggers and plans for remote and blended learning. The Council have, so far, refused on both accounts. We want to get an outcome which ensures the safety of our members in order that they can continue to provide quality and nurturing education.”