Urgent appeal for solidarity with further education strikes in Scotland

8 May 2017

Back the EIS ‘Honour the Deal’ strikes

Future strike dates so far:  9, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 May and 1 June. 

After a 96 percent vote on a 60 percent turnout Scotland’s FE lecturers are out on national strike. They are in the EIS, went out in March 2016 to win equal pay, so that lecturers in all colleges would earn the same. The employers conceded this after a day’s action but since then have refused to honour the deal they made. Instead they are insisting that pay harmonisation can only take place if lecturers take a cut in holidays and a major increase in class contact time. There is no justification for this breach of the agreement. The employers themselves admit that the money for equal pay has been provided by the government and is already ‘banked’.

In the last two weeks there were two very successful and solid strike days. From 9 May this escalates to two days and then three days per week indefinitely! But the employers’ strategy is taking a sinister turn. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister has publicly stated: ‘I would encourage certainly the employers to go the extra mile to resolve this dispute.’ Yet when the EIS offered to suspend action to help negotiations they refused the offer. Their aim is to destroy the recently established national bargaining framework and return to a situation where Principals ran colleges as personal fiefdoms. They are out to starve lecturers into submission even if this means flouting the government.

The EIS does not provide strike pay. Our demand is very simple – ‘Honour the deal’ and we are in a good position to win, as long as financial support from the trade union movement enables us to keep going.

Tweet and share solidarity messages and pictures to @EISunion and @ResistUnite 

Future strike dates so far:  9, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 May and 1 June. 

Download the selfie pdf here

Rush messages of support to: Jgkellyeis@live.co.uk

Sign the petition here

Fighting fund bank account details:

RBS
Edinburgh Nicolson Street Branch
30 Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DL
Sort code: 83-19-19
Account number: 00723323

 

1 comment

  1. Mick Calvert said:

    It’s the only way to force the colleges to accept a very reasonable demand. Strike action.

    8 May 2017 at 6:18pm

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