Edinburgh College staff call off strike action

Strike action called off. Picture: Comp
Strike action called off. Picture: Comp
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Lecturers at Edinburgh College have called off further strike action after they were offered a new pay deal.

The college and union officials held negotiations this week, aiming to end industrial action.

Staff at the college held a strike last week in the row, despite a last-minute offer from the college.

Edinburgh College had wanted to “harmonise” contracts for teaching staff, making them “equitable, fair and affordable” and bringing all teaching staff together on one set of terms and conditions and the same pay scale.

Both sides say both they have finalised terms for the harmonisation process with an offer everyone is happy with.

The EIS union will now put this proposal to their members and recommend they accept it. Industrial action has been suspended while a ballot is carried out.

Ian McKay, from Edinburgh College, said: “The Board is pleased that we have a harmonisation proposal that will continue to provide the best possible experience for students. We are hopeful that our teaching staff will accept this offer.”

Penny Gower, from EIS, said: “We feel the proposal is consistent with the expectations of our members and one which officials are happy to recommend to them. Their determination to pursue a just, no-detriment settlement has been vindicated.”