Victory could soon be declared in the long-running battle against crippling staff shortages in schools across the north and north-east, it can be revealed.
Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS)
Spending on education, culture and roads in the north and north-east has been slashed by more than £230 million in real terms over the last decade.
Teaching unions have warned that pupils in the north-east and Highlands will suffer unless John Swinney meets their pay demand.
Thousands of college staff in Scotland are poised to receive a pay rise after a £14million deal was struck with trade unions.
Concerns have been raised after new figures exposed a “vast disparity” in the number of classroom assistants in schools across Scotland.
Demands were growing last night for an independent inquiry into the running of Robert Gordon University as a second major trade union said staff were “disillusioned and angry”.