HC Deb 21 June 1939 vol 348 cc2272-4W
Mr. McGovern

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the threatened strike of school teachers under the Glasgow Corporation education authority, in order to enforce their demand for the restoration of the 1931 economy cuts of 10 per cent. of their salaries as all other salary cuts operating at the crisis period have now been restored; and whether he will consult the Glasgow Corporation with a view to cancelling these emergency measures and prevent extreme action by the school teachers?

Mr. Wedderburn

I have received no intimation that a strike of school teachers in Glasgow is threatened, though I have observed references to the matter in the Press. The scheme of scales of salaries now in operation in Glasgow conforms to the requirements of the conditions as to minimum national scales of salaries for teachers at present in force, and in the circumstances I feel that no useful purpose would be served by a consultation such as is proposed by the hon. Member.

I may add that the 10 percent. economy cut to which the hon. Member refers was not a cut made under the National Economy (Education) (Scotland) Order, 1931, such as has been remitted by other education authorities. It was a cut made by Glasgow Education Authority on their own initiative some months before the Order, when the salaries paid by the authority were higher than those paid elsewhere in Scotland. The cuts which were made by Glasgow Education Authority under the Economy Order have been remitted.