I wrote last year comment that if the SNP broke the deal with public sector workers and awarded teachers more than the rest of the public sector they would more than likely lose my vote.
I said at the time that I could not support a party that broke its own fairness policy. Now I’ll need to get all the details, but it looks like teachers will receive up 7% more next year than the rest of the public sector, if that is true the SNP just lost my vote.
It is completely unacceptable to me in every way, and it won’t just be me. To treat teachers differently from cleaners, home care workers, youth workers, nurses is unacceptable in every way. I will certainly support any strikes that come as a result.
The SNP are doing their best to lose with decisions like this, be it on their own head. It will be sad that this betrayal will result in a loss of votes but it will. I know people who will return to Labour and I will go Green.
Some views from others. The SNP have made a huge mistake today.
I decided to write to my MSP Joe Fitzpatrick. This is what I wrote.
I am writing to you to express my disgust at the pay award made to the teaching profession (although this is not about teachers per say) compared to the rest of the public sector. The SNP manifesto talked about treating the pubic sector fairly, what was done yesterday was a slap in the face to every other public sector worker in Scotland, the message being you are less valued than your teaching colleagues. I have always supported the SNP over the last 12 years, and have voted for yourself, but will no longer be able to do that, you might also find that many others like me will be feeling the same this morning. I have certainly spoken to colleagues since last night who are expressing both their anger and disappointment while saying that they will no longer vote for the party.
The SNP for me, while no longer a member, was always a party that stood up for fairness, a party that could be trusted. A party that had over the last 12 years showed good governance, well that ended yesterday for myself. Public sector pay is an important issue, when we should have been awarding the very lowest the better rises the Scottish Government have caved into the teaching unions while support staff within schools for example lose their jobs due to cuts, that makes you no different than the rest of the parties in my opinion. I appreciate that the Scottish Government cannot make everyone happy, and there is in fact no magic money tree, but to make this award, as I said, is a huge slap in the face.
I cannot express how much I feel let down today and it is sad that I will no longer have a party that is worthy of my vote.