Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Isla O’Reilly, Scottish Green Party spokesperson on Education and MSP candidate for Highlands and Islands has today urged college management to take the concerns of their staff seriously and commit to a nationally agreed pay framework.
The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) is conducting a statutory ballot of EIS-FESLA members of a programme of strike action across Scottish colleges. The ballot closes tomorrow (4 March). EIS has criticised the college mergers and damaging and ineffective, and called for progress to be made on a nationally agreed pay framework for college staff.
Isla O’Reilly said:
“Colleges form part of the backbone of our education system, and the staff that keep them running must be supported in their jobs. It should be clear by now that the mergers have left many college lecturers in an insecure position, and the college sector and the Scottish Government must come together to find a solution to this increasingly difficult situation.
“College lecturers work hard to educate our young people and give mature students a chance to change careers, and they deserve our support. I urge the Scottish Government to step in and ensure college management around the country are sitting around the table with their staff, and agree on a fair national pay scales.”