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Small signs of Progress in Friday Talks - Strike Actions Remains Active

Friday 5 May 2017

Commenting following Friday’s meeting with Colleges Scotland, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "EIS-FELA Negotiators met with Management five times this week on the back of a second day of solid, national industrial action by EIS-FELA members demanding that management honour the March 2016 NJNC Agreement.”

At yesterday’s meeting the EIS brought forward 5 new proposals; an increase in weekly contact hours to a maximum 22 hours with ‘no detriment, improved cover arrangements with a ‘+2 hours’ arrangement with no detriment, an agreed list of duties for lecturers, and a commitment to negotiate annual leave if Management agree to no detriment.

The March 2016 NJNC Agreement includes a no detriment clause on pay, and so it is a principle that management have previously agreed to.

Mr Flanagan said, "In today’s meeting, Management made a potential offer that would involve a shift on ’no detriment’ as the EIS requested.

"However, this is subject to the approval of the Employers Association next week. We do, however, welcome this potential movement and change in attitude from the management side.”

He added, "Management have asked the EIS to suspend the strike action but there is insufficient reason for us to do so, as major issues still remain outstanding.

"Management still have not committed to honour the deal that they signed in March last year – more than one year ago – so lecturers will continue with strike action on Tuesday and Thursday next week.

"Colleges are publicly funded bodies and they are accountable to the government. It is clearly now long overdue for the Scottish Government to step in and compel colleges to meet their obligations to lecturers and students.”