South Scotland

Scottish Borders teachers to hand back holiday pay

Teachers in the Borders are paying back thousands of pounds of holiday pay they were not entitled to receive.

About 160 staff will see their wages reduced - with some having up to £300 taken from their salary every month for six months.

The situation arose after a national settlement designed to address holiday pay inequalities.

However, many teachers in the Scottish Borders continued to be paid under the previous system.

The council said it emailed headteachers at all nine secondary and 64 primary schools back in January with news of the changes in pay arrangements.

However, in some cases, classroom teachers did not receive the information.

A second email was sent to schools in June to alert them, but again the warning did not reach everyone.

A spokesperson for the EIS union said many teachers were not happy with the situation and hoped reduced repayments over a longer period could be negotiated.

The backdated calculations have had a positive impact for some with about 140 teachers to be paid extra in their wages.

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