EIS-FELA negotiators have expressed their disappointment and frustration when College pay talks again ended without an improved offer from the Employers' Association.

The Employers' Association restated their consolidated pay offer of a total of 2% over a three-year period for lecturers at the top of the unpromoted scale, and proposed extending this offer for a further five months up to August 2020. This three-year offer had already been rejected by EIS negotiators over a month ago.

Commenting, EIS-FELA President Pam Currie said, "Despite repeated attempts to engage the management side in meaningful negotiation, talks ended at lunchtime today without progress being made."

EIS-FELA negotiators sought to meet again ahead of further strike action on Wednesday 6th March – the third day of strike action since January – but management was unable today to commit to a meeting.

Ms Currie added, "In the absence of an improved offer, EIS-FELA will open a statutory ballot next week for action short of a strike (ASOS) in the form of a resulting boycott in addition to further strike days."

"We believe that management are cynically allowing further industrial action – at the expense of our learners’ education - while making no effort to resolve the dispute."