Scots College Lecturers Ballot Over Strike Action

College lecturers are being balloted over strike action in a dispute over pay.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has opened a statutory industrial action ballot for lecturers at 16 colleges across Scotland.

The strike ballot is in support of a pay claim for 2015-16 put forward by the EIS Further Education Lecturers Association (Fela).

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: "The EIS submitted a pay claim more than 15 months ago, seeking a fair cost of living increase for lecturers and for colleges to commit to addressing the current pay inequity across the sector.

"Colleges are obliged to deliver the Scottish Government's commitment for national bargaining on pay and conditions, so it is unacceptable that they have tabled an offer that would widen, rather than narrow, pay differentials for lecturers doing the same job in different colleges.

"The fact that colleges are now threatening to impose this unfair offer will only strengthen lecturers' resolve and lead to increased support for strike action.''

EIS-Fela president John Kelly added: "Colleges are intending to impose an unreasonable, inequitable and non-agreed pay settlement on FE (further education) lecturers.

"This type of management imposition is not what lecturers expected from the much-lauded return to national bargaining that was promised by the Scottish Government.''

The statutory postal ballot will close on Friday March 4.

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