Forth Valley College EIS members will go on strike to defend their colleagues, the lecturing profession, and the quality of students’ education, over various dates between Tuesday 16th March to Thursday 13th May.
This follows a statutory strike ballot in February that gave an overwhelming mandate for industrial action - 77% yes, on a 55% turnout.
Why are we taking strike action?
Forth Valley College has targeted 30 lecturers’ posts across different departments, including hairdressing, construction, engineering, and care. They’ve been replaced with a new role - “instructor assessors”. They aren’t expected to have any teaching qualifications, they’ll have much more class contact time, far less annual leave, and much lower pay.
EIS branch reps have worked hard to participate in consultations and discussions with college management. They’ve told them loud and clear: colleges need lecturers. But management have continued to push their agenda - all in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
The branch reps are working hard to persuade college management to do the right thing. But we know that they may continue to refuse to address our serious concerns. We know that the only way to protect the college lecturers’ profession and further education is to take strike action.
You can find more information and resources below, including our detailed guidance to taking strike action and your programme of events.
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