Fife teachers ballot on dispute over Christmas plans for schools

Teachers in Fife could be set for a dispute with Fife Council over its decision not to close schools early and use remote learning ahead of Christmas.

Saturday, 12th December 2020, 5:06 pm
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The Fife EIS branch has opened a consultative ballot with its members.

The ballot seeks to establish the views of members in relation to moving teaching and learning to remote online platforms around the Christmas holiday period.

The request - described by the EIS as “perfectly reasonable” - was rejected by the council.

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It was motivated by the wish to protect teachers, staff, children and their families from the risk of infection.

The union recommends a ‘yes’ vote.

David Farmer Fife EIS publicity officer said: "It would help minimise infection risk.

“During the last four months our members have well and truly stepped up to the plate despite the risks to themselves, colleagues, children in our schools and their families.

“In this season of goodwill some goodwill from Fife Council would be both warmly welcomed and roundly applauded."

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