3 February 2014
Lecturers at Edinburgh College, the largest FE college in Scotland, are taking strike action against attempts by the college management to impose damaging conditions which will lead to the serious deterioration of education provision at the college.
Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland voted by 92% in favour of strike action, on a 64% turnout, following the refusal of the college management to negotiate about a pay offer without damaging conditions attached. The first day of strike action is Thursday, 6 February.
Since the new college was set up in October 2012, the college management has refused to agree a recognition and procedures agreement with the EIS, presided over unprecedented levels of staff stress and bullying evidenced by both EIS and management surveys, and refused to abide by TUPE conditions leading to very high levels of staff grievances.
After a 3 year pay freeze the college management said that a wage rise would only be awarded if lecturers agreed to give up existing limits to the amount of teaching time in a working week. This would mean that college managers would be able to demand teachers work up to a 35 hour teaching week, which along with preparation, correction and other duties could mean up to a 56 hour working week.
We are striking for the right to negotiate a wage increase without the imposition of these damaging conditions. As the ballot result shows, we are determined to protect the quality of our education service to students, and if management does not see reason, there will be strikes 3 days a week on an indefinite basis.
We are asking for your support. Please send messages of support to the EIS branch secretary:
If you want to write to management expressing your views, please write to the Principal: