SECONDARY school teachers are threatening to take strike action after rejecting an offer of a pay increase.

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) said 80 per cent of its members rejected the five per cent pay offer put forward by local authority body Cosla.

According to the SSTA, 70 per cent of members who took part in a ballot said they would back strike action if there’s no improved deal.

The negotiations come in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis, which has led disputes with cleansing and railway workers already over the past few months.

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “We are committed to supporting a fair pay offer for teachers. Industrial action would not be in anyone’s interest, least of all learners and parents.”