EIS college lecturers balloted

Hawick campus of Borders College
Hawick campus of Borders College

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Scotland’s largest teaching union, has agreed a ballot of its members over industrial action unless a fair pay agreement can be agreed cross the sector.

EIS members at Borders College outlined the increasing pressure they are under due to unresolved issues of pay and workload when they met with South of Scotland MPS Claudia Beamish recently.

“I support EIS’s call for a Scotland-wide plan to harmonise terms and conditions across the sector.

“A lecturer’s work goes beyond face-to-face teaching, such as meetings and course development, and this has to be reflected in their pay.I hope that agreement can be reached on national pay scales and strike action avoided.”

Following a protest outside the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council offices in Decemb er a Scottish Government spokesman said: “The Scottish Government remains committed to national bargaining in our further education sector.

““ recognise that moving towards this approach was always going to be challenging given the level of change required;not everything can be achieved quickly.”