SRUC MSP MP Councillor Letter

Created on: 13 Sep 2021 | Last modified: 11 Oct 2021

There is no doubt that your dispute needs to be publicised to get an agreeable resolution. Part of this process requires members to inform their local politicians, to give them relevant information, and to request their support.

There are several ways to contact politicians, including telephone calls, a visit to their surgeries, via social media such as Facebook or Twitter, and by letter or email. 

Surgery and contact details are usually available from your local library or local council website. 

Sending a Lobby letter (scroll down for template):

Key points to remember:

  • Identify yourself as a constituent

  • Be polite and concise

  • Enclose any relevant reports, briefing notes or relevant paperwork

  • Ensure the information you provide is factually accurate

  • Stick to one issue to avoid over burdening or confusing the receiver

  • Be clear about what you are asking them to do

  • Request a reply

  • Make sure you include your name, address, and telephone number in any correspondence

In Scotland you have a range of politicians to lobby about the current EIS SRUC Dispute and you will need to identify who to send your letter to. This is split into two categories - MSPs and Local Councillors.

MSP’s

Local authority areas are covered by several MSPs, there will be constituency and list MSPs so remember and send your letter to all of them. Individuals must contact the appropriate members for your own home address. To find out who you need to contact and how to contact them about your current dispute access information via websites such as  https://www.theyworkforyou.com/msp/

Further information on the Regional MSPs within your area is available from www.scottish.parliament.uk

Local Councillors

Al the same principles apply in lobbying your local councillor. Each local authority is split into council wards will have three or four councillors in each ward.

Further information on the Regional MSPs within your area is available from https://www.mygov.scot/find-your-local-council

 

Letter TEXT Template:-

Dear (ENTER MSP/MP/Councillor’s NAME),

RE: Pay & Grading dispute at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

I am writing to you as your constituent regarding the dispute between the SRUC and the EIS.

The EIS represents lecturing staff at the SRUC, which is a HEI specialising in rural and land economy that is also, uniquely, a public body.  It is mainly funded by public money from a range or sources.

The EIS has sought the implementation of a harmonised and fair pay & job grading system in the SRUC but despite collective agreements to do so – the SRUC have procrastinated and almost 10 years after the merger of SRUC there is no single SRUC pay and grading structure for staff.

Following a statutory ballot earlier this summer, industrial action now looms in the land and agricultural education sector. Despite giving the SRUC almost three months’ grace after the statutory ballot result – there has been no progress made to secure a pay and grading deal that would address the claims of the union for fair, sector norm, equal pay at SRUC. 

Lecturing staff at SRUC are currently paid thousands of pounds less than equivalent staff in both the Further and Higher Education sectors. Though two collective agreements with the SRUC Management were made over the years for a pay and grading review to address this, since the formation of the Institution (in 2012), no progress has been made to ensuring staff at SRUC are paid fairly, in the EIS’ view, compared to each other or in line with the rest of the sector.  Reluctantly my union has had to move to call for industrial action to try and leverage a resolution to this dispute.

This lack of fairness and parity on pay has a huge impact on not only the staff working at SRUC but the rural economies in which they work.  We are teaching our newest recruits to the rural economy the key skills we need to invest and grow that sector for Scotland’s future. It is only fair that they receive pay equivalent to the sector norms. It’s time to ensure that we address the second-class status of rural academics in terms of what they earn, so we can attract and retain the best staff to grow our rural economy and skill our rural workers.

I am appealing therefore that you write to SRUC’s Principal, Professor Wayne Powell (Prof. Wayne Powell, Principal, SRUC, Kings Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG) and ask him to urgently engage with the EIS to resolve the dispute and agree on a framework for fair pay for rural academics employed at SRUC.

Yours sincerely,

(ENTER YOUR NAME)

SRUC (ENTER CAMPUS)