Comment on today's industrial action (20/04/2022)

Gavin Donoghue, Director of College Employers Scotland said:

“College lecturers in Scotland are the best paid and enjoy the best terms and conditions in the UK, so it was disappointing the EIS-FELA rejected the most generous pay offer we could have made at a time college budgets are facing a cut of £51.9m.

“The offer to lecturers included a £150 one-off payment, recognising their contributions during the pandemic and, along with an £850 consolidated payment, was a higher pay offer than that already made to and accepted by teachers, civil servants, police, and fire service.

“I hope the EIS-FELA negotiators accept that there simply is no more money available and move to end this dispute. We remain available to meet should they have any reasonable and affordable proposals to end this disruptive and unnecessary dispute.

“Every step possible will be taken to support students during this incredibly important time in their lives as they approach their exams.”

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