The emergency committee of the EIS has given approval for the escalation of industrial action in Scotland's college sector.

Members of the EIS-FELA have already taken four days of strike action in a dispute over a cost-of-living pay increase.

In a ballot of EIS-FELA members, which closed yesterday, lecturers overwhelmingly voted in favour of an escalation of industrial action. This decision confirms that escalation of industrial action will now take place in colleges across Scotland.

The Emergency Committee today authorised the following escalation of industrial action:

  • Implementation of action short of strike action to include: implementing a resulting boycott, involving a refusal to record student results in their employer's results system; a withdrawal of goodwill, i.e. refusing to carry out activities which are not contractually required.
  • Continuation of strike action, with new strike days set for 8th May, 15th May and 16th May.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Scotland's college lecturers have shown their continuing clear support for the EIS-FELA campaign to secure a fair cost of living pay rise."

"The escalation in industrial action, approved today, has been forced upon us by the continuing intransigence of college management and by the refusal of Scottish Government to intervene in relation to this vital sector of our Education system."

"Lecturers do not relish the prospect of this escalation of action, but nonetheless remain steadfast in their determination to secure a fair cost of living pay increase, in line with public sector pay policy."

"The EIS would urge both Colleges Scotland and the Scottish Government to consider the best interests of Scotland's FE sector and the students that it serves, and to come back with a fair proposal that will be acceptable to our members and allow lecturers to return to work as normal."