Reid Kerr lecturers strike today in pay disputeLecturers at Reid Kerr College will strike today (Wednesday) in a dispute over pay. The lecturers have not been offered any increase in pay this year despite the soaring cost of living and recent pay increases at other FE colleges across Scotland.
Reid Kerr College is set to merge with Clydebank College and James Watt College, two institutions that have recently offered pay increases to their own lecturing staff.
The dispute comes in the wake of increases to pension contributions from lecturing staff – effectively an additional tax imposed on public sector workers – plus further contribution increases planned for April.
Workload is increasing for staff in the wake of job losses, as take-home pay continues to fall in real terms. Recent additional funding for Further Education by the Scottish Government has allowed a number of colleges to offer pay increases to staff.
Commenting on the first day of strike action today, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:
"Lecturers at Reid Kerr College are taking this strike action as a last resort in response to college management’s refusal to negotiate a fair and reasonable pay offer."
"Lecturers do not want to strike, but have been forced to do so by the college’s refusal to make a pay offer."
"We hope that students and the wider community will support EIS-FELA (Further Education Lecturers’ Association) members in their campaign for a fair pay settlement.”
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