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.

BREAKING: Teachers’ strike ballot called off

 

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Scotland’s largest teachers’ union has called off its planned strike ballot after an improved pay offer was made.

The ballot of EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland) members was due to take place on Monday. However an offer from the Scottish Government was discussed by the union’s national council and they are expected to urge members to accept it.

The EIS is calling the development “a significant success for Scottish teachers.”

The new offer is:

  • A 3% pay rise effective from last April
  • A 7% rise this April
  • A further 3% rise next April

This represents a compound increase of 13.51% over three years.

The EIS received a letter outlining the new offer this morning, following a campaign which has continued for more than a year.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said: “The EIS launched the Value Education, Value Teachers campaign in January last year, with the aim of securing a fair pay settlement for Scotland’s teachers.”

Education minister John Swinney welcomed the decision to suspend the ballot. He said: “This landmark agreement brings together a partnership with local authorities and professional associations to tackle critical issues, in tandem with a settlement on pay.”

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