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Scottish college lecturers begin nine-day strike in long-running pay row

COLLEGE lecturers across Scotland went on strike today after an “extremely disappointing” failure to resolve a long-running pay row.

Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland Further Education Lecturer Association (EIS-FELA) walked out on the first of nine strike days in May and June after talks last week did not resolve the dispute, which dates back to 2022.

EIS-FELA submitted a revised four-year pay claim on Thursday in a bid to break the deadlock but said employers did not offer enough progress for the union to consider suspending strike action this week.

An EIS spokesperson said it was extremely disappointing the meeting last week did not achieve enough tangible progress for the union to consider suspending the strike action.

The spokesperson said: “Although a revised pay claim was tabled to College Employers Scotland (CES) at the meeting, the employer’s side was unable to offer any assurances on certain elements of the pay uplift as well other parts of the claim.

“College lecturing staff want to be back in colleges, delivering classes and helping their students achieve their qualifications.

“However, they will continue to fight in order to receive a suitable pay rise which addresses some of the financial pain and stress they have had to endure during the worst cost of-living crisis in recent times.”

CES director Gavin Donoghue has said the offer of a £5,000 consolidated pay rise over three academic years from September 2022 “is full and final.”

He called on the EIS-FELA to cancel their escalation of strike action and formally ballot their members on the offer.

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