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Massive support for FE Lecturers' Strike urging colleges to 'Honour the Deal'

Thousands of 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. 

Support for the strike has been overwhelming, with picket lines in place at colleges across Scotland and strong messages of support from the Scottish Trades Union Congress, sororal and fraternal trade unions, student representatives, political parties and candidates, and the wider community throughout the country.

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.

At yesterday’s Scottish Trades Union Congress in Aviemore, delegates debated an emergency Motion on the dispute and voted unanimously to send their support to lecturers and to urge college management to ‘Honour the Deal’ that they signed.

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.”

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 their ‘alternative facts’.”