EIS Declares Dispute with Colleges Over Progress of Pay Agreement
Monday 13 February 2017
The EIS has announced that its Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) has declared a dispute with college management over the lack of progress in implementing the national pay deal which was agreed almost one year ago.
The formal dispute was declared following a breakdown in discussions at last week’s National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) meeting, which had been scheduled to agree the implementation of the NJNC pay agreement. This dispute has now been confirmed by a meeting of the EIS-FELA Executive.
Commenting on the decision to declare a dispute, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS is extremely disappointed that we have been compelled to enter into formal dispute with college management over lack of progress in implementing the March 2016 national pay agreement for FE lecturers.
"This agreement, which was reached shortly prior to the last Scottish Parliament elections, followed a period of industrial action by college lecturers across Scotland. The EIS fully expects all the promises made to FE lecturers at that time to be kept, and we remain open to further discussion with management as how best to deliver the terms of that agreement.”
The EIS-FELA Executive has now agreed its next steps. Commenting, EIS-FELA President John Kelly said, "EIS-FELA negotiators went into the recent NJNC meeting with a view to engaging in constructive discussions on the delivery of all elements of the pay agreement.
"Instead, we got obfuscation from college management who sought to move the goalposts on several key elements that had previously been proposed. EIS-FELA will not accept backtracking from management on any element of this agreed national pay deal.
"We took industrial action before to achieve this pay agreement, and we are fully prepared to take industrial action again, if necessary, to defend the agreement and to ensure it is delivered - as promised, and in full.”