Created on: 20 May 2010 | Last modified: 15 Sep 2021
The Educational Institute of Scotland is the longest established teachers’ union in the world.
Here are 10 reasons why the EIS should be your union:
The EIS is the largest teacher trade union representing over 80% of Scotland’s teachers (8 out of 10 teachers and lecturers in Scotland are members of the EIS).
The EIS is free for all student members and remains free throughout your probation year and beyond. Our high membership density in Scotland makes us an affordable union to join.
The EIS campaigns actively to secure and maintain professional salaries and improve conditions of services for all its members (the EIS has the overwhelming majority of members on the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers – SNCT).
As a professional organisation the EIS is committed to promoting opportunities for quality professional development for ALL teachers throughout their careers.
Our solicitors and our network of EIS Representatives, Local Association Secretaries, Organisers and Area Officers are available to provide the highest quality support and advice when it is needed. We also provide EIS members with FREE legal advice on non-employment matters through our dedicated EIS legal helpline staffed by qualified lawyers, open 8am – 7pm 5 days a week.
The EIS provides four insurance policies to all members covering: Personal Effects, Malicious Damage to Motor Vehicles, Third Party Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance.
EIS Financial Services provides independent financial advice, a comprehensive range of insurance and other financial planning products exclusively to EIS members.
A commitment to quality and equality across our education service is a hallmark of the EIS and its work in developing policies covering: Education, The Equality Agenda, Pay and Conditions of Service and all other areas of trade union work.
The EIS is a campaigning organisation that takes a lead on the big issues for education and teachers. The EIS runs major campaigns to protect education, deliver better opportunities for learners, and defend the pay and conditions of teachers.
The EIS offers all members access to a specialist discount scheme covering a large number of retail outlets in Scotland and the rest of the UK.