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EIS Welcomes First Minister's Call on Management to

Thursday 11 May 2017

The EIS has welcomed a comment from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Parliament this afternoon, where she called on FE college management to "go the extra mile” to resolve the current ongoing dispute.

Thousands of Further Education Lecturers in colleges across Scotland are on strike for the second day this week, and the fourth day overall, in an ongoing dispute over the failure of College Management to honour a deal on pay and conditions that was reached more than a year ago. 

The March 2016 NJNC 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.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, " EIS-FELA members are now on their fourth day of strike action in this ongoing dispute, and remain resolute.

"Support for the strike has been overwhelming, with lecturers on picket lines at colleges the length and breadth of Scotland.

"Strong support has been received from fraternal and sororal trade unions, including from college support staff unions and the unanimous support of the annual Scottish Trades Union Congress last month.

"Students, politicians and the wider community have also demonstrated extremely strong support for the lecturers’ call for the deal to be honoured.”

Mr Flanagan added, "Lecturers do not take strike action lightly, and are taking this action as a last resort.

"Our members are eager to see this dispute resolved, so that they can return to working as normal to provide as much support as possible to students in our colleges.

"We welcome the First Minister’s call today for management to ‘go the extra mile’ to resolve the dispute.

"However, given the Scottish Government’s stated commitment to National Bargaining, it is imperative that the First Minister and her Cabinet colleagues ensure that the deal agreed last March is honoured by management.

"We need to see National Bargaining delivered in practice, not just on paper – and the Scottish Government must play its part in ensuring the deal is honoured.”