I emailed EIS requesting clarification of what the change in holidays could mean and also what the pay rate would actually be for the initial 5 days of supply teaching. In both cases the clarification only makes it more clear why these proposals need to be rejected. Here is the reply I received. The working year will remain at 195 days. The school closure days are not for an employer to decide. This is solely for the SNCT to decide. There is no lifetime guarantee. However, if the SNCT collapses then I suspect the working year is more vulnerable to attempts by Councils to impose change. To be fair, however, to the employers on this issue their sole intention is to bring the accrual of maternity leave into line with other Council employees. Supply teachers will be paid for 25 hours at scale point 1 for the first 5 days of engagement. COSLA has made it clear that in the absence of agreement this will be imposed and may indeed be imposed for a longer period. Regrettably, while supply teachers accept work there is no contract and it is open to employers to offer work on whatever basis for whatever time as they choose. It is for the supply teacher to take it or leave it. As long as duties are constrained then any equal pay claim or claim under the part time or fixed term employees regulations is likely to be defeated. What really amazes me is that the EIS is being economical with the truth especially regarding supply. In effect, for the first 5 days (and really most supply is likely to fall into this category) will be paid at an annual rate of 25/35ths of Point 1 - this would be £18,367.