24 December 2008
Scottish teachers receive £180k in injury compensation
Teaching staff in Scotland have collectively received more than £180,000 in compensation for industrial accidents and attacks in the last year, new figures show.
According to the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), which is the largest teaching union in Scotland, a further £70,000 was paid by educational establishments and authorities in legal costs over the same period.
Ronnie Smith, general secretary of the EIS, said that the figures showed education employers were failing to take health and safety matters seriously enough, with slips, trips and falls comprising the biggest danger to teaching staff.
He also highlighted the threats to teachers resulting from violence perpetuated by pupils or by restraining such students from doing harm.
"Teachers, in common with other public sector workers, are entitled to have safe places to work," Mr Smith remarked.
The EIS has more than 59,000 members and represents over 80 per cent of all nursery, primary, secondary, college and university teaching staff in Scotland.