The EIS had suspended a planned day of strike action this week to allow negotiations to take place.

Despite some progress being made, however, no agreement was reached. The EIS offered further talks on Monday next week in the hope of a productive outcome, but this offer has been declined by Colleges Scotland so the strike days will proceed. Lecturers have so far taken four days of strike action in a dispute over pay. 

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “We remain in dispute with employers on the matter of a cost of living pay rise covering the past two years and the year ahead. Some additional movement from the employers could deliver an offer that we could put to our members. The EIS offered further talks early next week in the hope of progressing discussions, and is extremely disappointed that Colleges Scotland has declined this offer.  With no improved offer likely to be forthcoming, next week’s two-day strike action will now go ahead.”

Mr Flanagan added, “The ongoing action short of strike, including a boycott of inputting assessment results into college systems, remains in place.”