College lecturers across Scotland have taken a second day of strike action in a dispute over pay.
Members of the EIS-FELA showed strong support for the action across Scotland. Picket lines were operational at college campuses across the country, as lecturers continued their campaign for a fair cost of living pay increase.
Scotland's FE Lecturers have not received a cost of living pay increase for almost three years - since April 2016.
Lecturers voted in favour of taking strike action in December, with 90% of those voting backing the action.
Over the period of the dispute, the EIS has amended its pay claim on a number of occasions in a bid to engage college management in meaningful negotiations. Last week, the EIS submitted a further amended proposal and offered to suspend today's strike action. This offer was turned down by Colleges Scotland.
EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The support at the picket lines this morning shows that EIS-FELA members remain resolute and determined to secure a fair cost of living increase for Scotland's FE lecturers."
"Lecturers are asking only for a pay settlement that is in line with existing public sector pay policy. It is disappointing that the response from Colleges Scotland has been inflammatory rhetoric about lecturers being 'greedy' and 'unreasonable'."
"Nothing could be further from the truth – our members have been extremely reasonable and are asking only for the same type of cost of living settlement that college support staff, and many other public sector workers, have already received."
EIS-FELA President Pam Currie added, "Our EIS-FELA negotiating team have been extremely flexible in attempting to find a solution to this dispute that could be acceptable to both sides."
"Unfortunately, Colleges Scotland have shown little flexibility and their latest offer (which amounts to 2% consolidated over three years for most of our members) is worse than their original offer and significantly lower than public sector pay policy across the three years."
"Colleges Scotland have also been caught using figures which maximise the potential cost of settling the lecturers' pay claim. The actual cost of settling our claim would be almost identical to the cost of the support staff pay award – a settlement that was lauded at the time by Colleges Scotland as 'affordable' and 'sustainable' by the Scottish Government as a positive step for the sector."
"EIS-FELA hopes that, in our next meeting on Thursday, Colleges Scotland will come with a willingness to engage in meaningful discussions towards a negotiated and fair agreement."