Industrial action escalates at Forth Valley College

EIS members at Forth Valley College will escalate industrial action this week over cuts to 30 lecturers’ jobs.

Members have been ‘working to rule’ for a month - doing no more than the minimum required by their contract, which will now include refusing to mark students’ work.

This follows a recent offer to settle the dispute from college management which the Union is recommending members reject as it would still put lecturers’ roles at risk in the future and do nothing to help those members’ whose terms and conditions have already been impacted.

Tensions have been building at Forth Valley College since 30 lecturers’ posts were removed and replaced by support staff on different terms and conditions, earlier this year. The new roles are lower paid, with more class contact hours, less time for preparation, and reduced annual leave.

Forth Valley College EIS branch rep Alison Addie said, “Staff are at breaking point. Management have put a huge amount of pressure on us during an already stressful period.

“My colleagues are facing increased class contact time and huge workloads. We will continue to take action until Forth Valley College management see sense and do the right thing. Lecturers just want their jobs back before Christmas.” 

Larry Flanagan, EIS General Secretary added, “We are fundamentally against the introduction of instructor assessors in colleges. This is an attack on lecturers, that will seriously impact the quality of learning for students.”

“The college’s recent offer is an insult to those members who have been forced to accept lower quality contracts or be made redundant. We urge Forth Valley College management to give their hard-working staff the respect they deserve, at this time of national crisis.”

NB The branch held a ballot in October, where 80% of participating members voted for action short of strike across sites in Falkirk, Alloa, and Stirling.