The EIS has condemned the management at Forth Valley college for continuing a process aimed at making lecturing staff redundant during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The college plans to make over 30 lecturing staff redundant, and to replace them with less qualified staff on inferior terms and conditions.

The EIS requested that the college call a halt to the redundancy process during the COVID-19 shutdown, but this has been refused by college management.

The EIS will hold a mass demonstration at 1pm on Wednesday 1 April in protest at Forth Valley College's actions – the event will take place online, to comply with current COVID-19 guidance on social distancing.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "It is shocking that management at Forth Valley College is seeking to make lecturing staff redundant during the global COVID-19 pandemic."

"In recent weeks, we have seen organisations such as Britannia Hotels, Sports Direct and JD Wetherspoon publicly condemned for their treatment of staff during this crisis – so the actions of Forth Valley College, a publicly funded institution – are absolutely deserving of condemnation."

"It is completely indefensible that the college is seeking to make hard-working lecturing staff redundant during this crisis. I would urge EIS members to join the online demo in support of these lecturers, to force Forth Valley College to rethink its actions."

EIS-FELA Acting President Charlie Montgomery added, "In a time of unprecedented national crisis and emergency, we find it unconscionable that Forth Valley College are pressing ahead with a redundancy process. They have loyal and professional lecturing staff under threat, some of whom have underlying health conditions and stress."

"These staff not only have to face the strain of coronavirus but now they must fight for their jobs too. It’s a disgrace."

Speakers at the online demonstration will include: Larry Flanagan - EIS General Secretary; Charlie Montgomery - EIS FELA Acting President; Pam Currie - EIS FELA Former President; Anne-Marie Harley - Forth Valley College EIS Branch President. Further info at: www.eis.org.uk/FELA/ForthValley