EIS-FELA Urges College Management to talk in hope of Ending pay Dispute

Created on: 24 May 2022 | Last modified: 25 May 2022

Ahead of an eighth day of national strike action by college lecturers and with the significant disruption of a results boycott looming, the EIS-Further Education Lecturers Association (EIS-FELA) has as of yet received no acceptance to a formal request for further negotiations with their employers.

The EIS-FELA has today formally written again to the employers’ side of the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) and requested that a meeting take place on Monday 30th May and, in a sign of good faith, has offered to postpone a further day of strike action planned for that day, in order to facilitate meaningful and constructive discussion.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said: “Now more than ever, it is clear that college principals are not interested in seeking an end to this dispute, regardless of the financial consequences to their lecturing workforce and the prospect of thousands of college students feeling the impact of a results boycott in the next few weeks.

“Despite countless attempts by the EIS-FELA to offer their employers a way to end this dispute, college management have simply failed to see past their attempted union busting tactics. The fact is that time is now running out to avoid the chaos of a results boycott in the FE sector.

“College students deserve better. Today, the EIS-FELA has offered to cancel a day of strike action next week, in order to meet with their employers on that day and negotiate an end to this dispute. It is time that this commitment was matched and that college principals dropped the union busting and tasked their negotiators with returning to the table for constructive discussion.”