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FE Lecturers on Strike Today Over Colleges' Refusal to Honour the Deal

Further Education Lecturers in colleges across Scotland are on strike today (Thursday) over the refusal of College Management to honour a deal on pay and conditions that was reached more than a year ago.

Having waited since March 2016 for the agreement to be implemented, lecturers have now returned to a programme of continuing strike action following a 96% vote in favour of this action in a recent ballot.

The agreement promised equal pay for lecturers in all colleges and national terms and conditions, following years of pay inequity for lecturers doing the same jobs in different colleges across Scotland.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Lecturers have shown great patience in waiting for Colleges to honour the deal that was agreed last year. However, after more than a year of waiting and watching college managers talk down the agreement that they freely signed up to, Scotland’s FE lecturers have simply had enough.

"All that lecturers are asking is for the deal that was agreed by both sides to be honoured. Sadly, rather than working to deliver their commitments, college management have spent the last 13 months attempting to rewrite history and airbrush this binding agreement while simultaneously denigrating the hard-working lecturing staff in their colleges. It is time for management to stop peddling ‘alternative facts’.”

EIS-FELA President John Kelly, a lecturer from Paisley, said, "College management have spent a lot of time recently, often via expensive external spin-doctors, talking about greed – an issue on which they are certainly experts, given their proclivity to award themselves excessive pay packages and bumper salary increases.

"However, what lecturers are on strike for is not, as management claim, more money. The pay element of this deal was agreed by both sides over a year ago, as was the timetable for its implementation.

"Our sole demand is that the deal struck last year should be honoured. Rather than wasting taxpayers’ money on spin against the agreement, college management should instead focus on delivering that agreement as promised.”

Picket lines will be in place at all colleges across Scotland covered by the 2016 National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) agreement.

Today (Thursday) is the first day in a continuing, and escalating, programme of strike action.

A demonstration will also take place outside Parliament at 1.00pm today (Thursday).

A further one day action is planned for next week (Wednesday), with the strike then escalating to two days per week and then three days per week unless the deal is honoured.     

Further information can be found here.