EIS-FELA has opened a national consultative industrial action ballot for lecturers in Scotland’s Further Education Colleges.
The EIS is in dispute with colleges, through the national body Colleges Scotland, over the replacement of college lecturer posts with lower-paid and less-qualified instructor/assessor posts.
Industrial action is already underway at one college, Forth Valley College, over the replacement of lecturer posts with instructor/assessors. The ballot opening today is part of a wider national dispute over this important issue.
Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "We have now opened a consultative industrial action ballot in defence of quality Further Education delivered by qualified lecturers."
"The emerging practice of replacing qualified lecturers with lower qualified, and lower paid, instructors is purely a cost-cutting measure with absolutely no educational merit."
"This runs absolutely counter to the drive to promote professionalism within Further Education, including the registration of college lecturing staff with the professional body, the General Teaching Council for Scotland. The EIS urges all our lecturer members in colleges to use their vote in this important ballot to show their support for a high-quality Further Education system across Scotland."
Lecturers are also being asked to take part in a day of action in support of the campaign, to take place throughout the day – this will include an online rally and a range of social media activity to highlight the campaign to protect lecturing jobs and promote high-quality teaching and learning in Scotland’s FE colleges.
Further information on the national dispute can be viewed on the EIS website at www.eis.org.uk/FELA/InstructorDispute