NJNC pay talks ended yesterday without agreement after the management side declined to move additional monies from 2020 into the three year period under dispute, despite EIS-FELA agreeing to suspend Wednesday's strike action if they did so.

While the talks were called with the intent of breaking the deadlock over lecturers' pay, management instead chose to issue a shopping list of demands around terms and conditions, for example seeking to revisit an existing agreement on transfer to permanence for staff on temporary contracts which was ratified back in November 2017.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said: "It is disappointing that Colleges Scotland failed to take advantage of the EIS offer to suspend strike action."

"EIS FELA put a straightforward proposition to them which didn't include additional money but which would have allowed negotiations to continue. Colleges Scotland rejected this and therefore the strike action will continue."

Lecturers will now undertake a third day of national strike action on Wednesday 6 March, timed to coincide with a statutory ballot on action short of a strike, escalating action to include a boycott of college results systems and a withdrawal of goodwill.