EIS Opens FE Strike Ballot and Urges Colleges to Honour Pay Agreement
Friday 24 March 2017
The EIS has issued statutory industrial action ballot papers to members of its Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) in the latest step of an ongoing dispute with colleges over the non-delivery of a 2016 agreement on lecturers’ pay and conditions.
The ballot, which closes on Monday 10 April, follows a recent indicative ballot which demonstrated the overwhelming support of lecturers for industrial action in pursuit of delivery of the agreement.
Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "After more than a year of waiting for colleges to deliver this binding agreement that was supposed to deliver pay harmonisation across the country, the patience of Scotland’s Further Education Lecturers is now exhausted.
"The degree of obfuscation from college managers over the non-delivery of the agreement they freely signed up to over a year ago has been simply incredible.
"Firm promises were made to lecturers on pay harmonisation across the sector, following many years of differing pay for lecturers doing the same job in colleges across the country. It is now time for college managers to stop their negative spin about the deal and to deliver the agreement that was struck last year.”
EIS-FELA President John Kelly added, "I would urge all EIS-FELA members across Scotland to use their vote in this important ballot and to deliver an overwhelming Yes vote in favour of industrial action. While no lecturer relishes the prospect of taking strike action, the inaction of management on the delivery of this year-old agreement has forced us to pursue this dispute.
"We must increase the pressure on Scotland’s college principals to compel them to honour the deal and deliver their promises on fair pay for all lecturers across Scotland."
The ballot section of the EIS website, including background on the dispute and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), is now live here.