The EIS has today expressed serious concern over the continuing use of zero-hours contracts in Scotland’s Further Education colleges.

A question from Patrick Harvie MSP at today's First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament has highlighted the continued use of zero-hours contracts and zero-hours type contracts in colleges.

One institution, Glasgow Kelvin College, is understood to use 'temporary contracts' that allow the college to unilaterally vary working hours with one week's notice. This means that an individual lecturer could be working 35 hours one week and just 1 hour the following week.

This type of contract is exploitative and provides no security for workers.

The EIS understands that most of these contract-holders were used to undertake core lecturing work at the college, and not for short-term cover which is the normal excuse for using zero hours type contracts.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "As the actions at Glasgow Kelvin College illustrate, workers on these types of contracts are vulnerable as they do not have the statutory rights that other workers in the public sector have."

"The EIS calls on the Scottish Government, which has the direct responsibility for colleges, to stop the continued use of zero hours contracts and zero hours types contracts in the college sector."

The last EIS Report on Zero Hours Contracts can be found here.