Scottish lecturer strike looms due to an “unacceptable” reduction of salary

“Unacceptable” pay has led to lecturers from six Scottish universities voting to go on strike, the joint secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has told EN4 News.

EIS claim that lecturers have seen a 20% deduction in the value of their pay over the last decade.

Edinburgh Napier is among five other Scottish universities – Aberdeen, Strathclyde, Abertay, West of Scotland, and the Glasgow School of Art – set for strike action.

“We have, over the last 10 years, had to put up with sub-inflationary pay rises,” Anne Keenan from EIS told EN4 News.

“[The universities] are sending a very clear message that this is the time to make a stand and say that this is not acceptable.”

The industrial action will be the first instance that staff from Napier have gone on strike since 2013.

EIS is still hopeful that strike action will be avoided, and that the Universities and Colleges Employers Association will return to discussions with what they see as a meaningful solution to these issues.

“Strike action is the last resort of any trade union,” Keenan added.

“We have repeatedly tried to engage the employer in discussions around pay and bring them back to the table.

“Even in this late stage, we are hopeful they will return, and more importantly, be ready to discuss the matter of pay.”

Spending on senior pay has increased by 11% in the last year, which has led to outrage from lecturers.

The strikes follow the University of Edinburgh’s decision to take industrial action over 8 days in November last year.

Details of the strikes are set to be released within the next week.

Council Leaders Accept Deal on Teachers’ Pay

Council leaders have decided to bring a revised Scottish Government pay offer forward that could see teachers across Scotland get a 9% pay rise.

The news comes after a previous pay offer was overwhelmingly rejected by 97% of members of Scotland’s largest teaching union.

The Educational Institute of Scotland are now in a position to ballot their members on whether to accept or reject the deal that Education Minister John Swinney has said he hopes will end pay disputes .

If this new pay deal is not accepted then it is likely teachers in Scotland will vote for strike action.

Commenting following the meeting Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “I am pleased that Council Leaders have today agreed to present a revised proposal incorporating the additional monies made available by the Scottish Government to the teaching unions.

“We understand that the Teachers Unions will now present this revised and enhanced offer to their members and we would strongly encourage its acceptance.”

 

 

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