Edinburgh College offer fails to avert strikes

Pickets protest at Edinburgh College. Picture: Comp
Pickets protest at Edinburgh College. Picture: Comp
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EDINBURGH College lecturers are to go ahead with planned strikes despite a revised pay offer.

It had offered to raise the previous maximum salary offer of £34,700 to around £36,000 over a two-year period, in the hope that it would satisfy the EIS union and avert strikes planned for today and Wednesday.

The college said it is seeking 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.

A limit on weekly teaching hours is one of the reassurances the union has been asking for, which Edinburgh College claims was part of their offer.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said: “Edinburgh college lecturers are determined to continue their programme of industrial action until management agree to rethink their offer on terms and conditions.

“Lecturers do not want to strike, but feel that they simply have to take this action in protest at the damaging changes to conditions of service that college management has proposed.

“There has been very strong support for the strike from lecturers, and numerous messages of support from students and others who appreciate the important work that lecturers in the college carry out and the benefits this brings for the entire community.”

Picket lines are in place at Edinburgh College campuses today and tomorrow.