EIS welcomes Government commitments to address concerns over the Glasgow college merger
EIS General Secretary, Ronnie Smith, has today commented on the approval of the Glasgow Colleges merger and welcomed the assurances provided by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning that issues of concern, which the EIS had previously raised with him, will be addressed by the new Board of Management of the City of Glasgow College.
Ronnie Smith explained: "While we are disappointed that our concerns could not be resolved prior to Vesting Day, we are heartened that the new Board of Management of the merged college will be required ‘To make meaningful and early progress’ with the trades unions on the areas of contention which remain unresolved.
"Indeed, the Cabinet Secretary has made it clear that these include: job security, harmonisation of pay and conditions, genuine and productive engagement on other issues of concern, the preparation of the business case for the new campus and further partnership working with other colleges”.
Ronnie Smith added: "The EIS will work constructively with the Scottish Government, the Funding Council and the Board of Management of the new College to resolve our outstanding differences and to lay the groundwork for this major investment in Further Education provision in the centre of Glasgow, so long overdue, and which we hope will actually be delivered despite the very difficult financial situation facing all public services.”