College lecturer members have voted to accept a pay offer from college employers for 2020-2021. The offer, based on a 2% consolidated pay increase for all lecturers, received backing from 97% of EIS-FELA members in a ballot.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “The EIS welcomes this pay settlement which, while it did not fully meet our pay claim, has been endorsed in a ballot by our membership. Our members continue to do all that they can to support learners in colleges across Scotland – a vital role which has become even more challenging as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.”

He added, “With professional registration through the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the professional status of Scotland’s Further Education Lecturers is continuing to receive long-overdue recognition.”

“Further Education lecturers are highly dedicated and experienced professionals, who deserve to be paid accordingly. In recent years, Scotland’s FE lecturers have been required to take several rounds of industrial action – initially to secure a fair national pay agreement for all and, subsequently, to compel college employers to honour the deal they had already agreed to. It is a positive development that industrial action was not necessary to secure an acceptable pay offer from the employers this year.”