A TEACHERS' union has rejected the "derisory and insulting" pay offer as members say they'd be willing to strike to get a better deal.

More than 80% of NASUWT members said they'd be prepared to vote for industrial action. More than 90% said the pay offer is unfair.

NASUWT said the proposal failed to address the rising cost of living and recognise the contribution teachers have made during the pandemic.

A previous pay offer tabled in November was unanimously rejected by teaching unions.

The Scottish Government says it supports fair pay but local authorities must decide if they'll revise the offer.

But Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT general secretary, said: "Teachers have overwhelmingly voted to reject the latest pay offer, which is both derisory and insulting to the hard work and dedication that continues to be shown by teachers every day.

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"Nine in ten members surveyed by the union said they were angry or disagreed with the pay offer, with a further 91% saying they feel the proposed offer is unfair in the current circumstances.

"86% said the pay award, if imposed, would have a negative impact on their morale as a teacher and two out of three say they are seriously considering leaving the teaching profession."

NASUWT surveyed almost 480 members in Scotland between December 14 and January 6.

Roach said: "Ministers and employers need to recognise the deep damage that their actions are causing to the morale and commitment of teachers and for the continued provision of high-quality education to children and young people.

"Only by delivering a better deal for Scotland's teachers will the government and employers begin to restore the morale of the teaching profession, avoid disruption and secure better opportunities for pupils in Scotland's schools."

The Scottish Government said: "Teachers' pay and conditions of service are negotiated through the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT).

"While it is for local government as the employer to make any revised offer of pay, we are committed to supporting a fair pay offer for teachers through the SNCT."