The EIS has opened a statutory industrial action ballot for its lecturer members in Further Education over the replacement of lecturer posts with lesser qualified and lower paid positions.
The postal ballot will remain open until Thursday 25 February, and the EIS- FELA (Further Education Lecturers’ Association) Executive urges members to vote in favour of industrial action.
Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "We have opened a statutory ballot of our members in Further Education over the threat to lecturing posts in colleges across Scotland. Some Colleges are seeking to cut costs by removing lecturer posts and replacing them with lower paid and less qualified instructors or assessors.
"This approach would have a damaging impact on the quality of education provision across the college sector which should be focussing on supporting educational recovery for students to help support future economic recovery across the country."
Mr Flanagan continued, "It is distressing that some colleges are attempting to use the current Coronavirus pandemic as cover for this cost-cutting attack on lecturer jobs and on the quality of learning experience for students."
Calling on EIS members to use their vote, Mr Flanagan added, "I would urge all members to use their vote in this statutory ballot to defend lecturing jobs and ensure the continuation of a quality educational experience for Scotland's Further Education students."
He concluded, "Despite the opening of the industrial action ballot, the EIS remains committed to further discussions with college management through the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) with a view to a negotiated outcome that is consistent with existing national agreements on lecturer roles, terms and conditions."