The statutory ballot will open on Wednesday 26th October and close at 12 noon on Wednesday 16 November 2022.

If all of the statutory thresholds are met then the SSTA National Executive Committee can use the mandate to initiate industrial action consisting of strike action.

There are three thresholds applicable in this statutory ballot. Turnout is key in any statutory ballot.

  1. We need a majority vote overall for strike action
  2. We must have 50% turnout, i.e. 50% of those who are sent a ballot paper vote
  3. We need 40% of total members balloted to vote for strike action (not just those who voted)

There will be no industrial action. SSTA National Executive Committee will meet and discuss the options available which could include conducting another ballot

The other teacher trade unions have also rejected the 5% offer and are carrying out their own statutory ballot.

Yes, since probationers are Local Authority employees, and their pay is determined by the SNCT

It should not do so; if there is a risk that it will, members are asked to contact the SSTA HQ for advice be emailing info@ssta.org.uk

No. Whilst many independent schools’ teacher salaries track SNCT agreed salaries they are not part of the SNCT collective bargaining arrangements.

No, if a supply teacher is not balloted but is then offered employment by a Council, perhaps to strike break, then they would actually be covered by the SSTA strike mandate – as they would be equivalent to new members that would be covered by the call to strike.

No SSTA member could be reasonably asked or instructed by a local authority to strike break for another SSTA member

No. Only the number of SSTA members per school/workplace

No. National strike action cannot be funded as it would be financially unsustainable.

The SSTA maintains a Benevolent Fund which is used to assist members or their families in case of need.

We will be sharing new/updated names and addresses with our balloteer until almost the point at which the ballot closes.

No, your vote is confidential.

No. The Scottish Government sets its own income tax rates and thresholds. For April 2022-March 2023, the Higher Tier starts from £43,633. This means that any salary between £43,633 and £150,000 is taxed at 41%, i.e. only the balance over £43,633. Your salary below £43,633 will continue to be taxed at existing rates.

Members are asked to contact the SSTA HQ for advice by email info@ssta.org.uk

Contact SSTA HQ or your District Secretary and they can help setup a meeting

Complete a form at www.ssta.org.uk/updatedetails to ensure that we have your correct details.