EIS Union college lecturers today began 24-hour strike action and rallied outside the Scottish Parliament to call for a fair cost-of-living pay rise.

Disputes over pay have led to strike action on three other occasions over the last four years, and the EIS have plans for another three more strike days over the coming months.

EIS FELA put in a pay claim in December 2016 and negotiations produced a final offer that amounts to a consolidated pay uplift of 2.5% over three years. This, the Union claims, is a real terms’ pay cut for lecturers and the offer simply is not fair or acceptable.

Commenting on the strike action Lothian Labour MSP, Kezia Dugdale who supported striking lecturers at the rally outside the Scottish Parliament said:

“Colleges in Edinburgh and across the country are ladders of opportunity for people – engaging with schools, universities and employers to deliver opportunity for all.

“I support pay harmonisation for colleges and a fair deal on pay and conditions across the public sector more generally.

“The further education sector has suffered financially under successive budgets – this must be reversed to ensure the staff working in our colleges are valued and properly remunerated.”

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