Wednesday 20 April 2016
Scotland’s Further Education College Lecturers have given their overwhelming approval to a national pay offer in a ballot organised by the EIS.
Members of EIS-FELA voted by 96% to 4% to accept the offer, which was negotiated through the NJNC.

Commenting on the Ballot result, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "EIS-FELA members in colleges across Scotland have given their overwhelming approval of the pay offer that was agreed through the NJNC.

"Our members have now endorsed the draft pay agreement which was delivered through a hard won victory and brought about by the determination of members and their willingness to take industrial action in their fight for their professional status and fair pay across the sector.

"This pay agreement shows what can be achieved by a group of employees standing together, through their union, to protect their rights.”

John Kelly, President of EIS-FELA, added, "While this very clear ballot result settles this particular issue over pay, specifically the top of the salary scale for unpromoted lecturers across Scotland, there is still much work to do to agree the detail of all national pay scales.

"EIS-FELA hopes that this part of the process will run more smoothly than the previous discussions, which ran for well over a year and ended in a formal dispute and a day of strike action by lecturers across Scotland.

"We are hopeful that constructive negotiations can move the process forward, so that further industrial action is not necessary in the future.”