EIS Members at SRUC Continue Strike Action

Created on: 12 Oct 2021 | Last modified: 12 Oct 2021

Lecturing staff at Scotland’s Rural University College (SRUC) will take their third day of strike action as part of a continuing programme of industrial action in a long-running dispute over pay and grading.

Members have already taken two days of strike action, with further strike days planned together with an ongoing programme of action short of strike.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Lecturers at SRUC are not taking strike action lightly, but have been left little choice given the intransigence of management and its refusal to negotiate a fair pay offer to members.

"Pay for lecturers at SRUC has fallen significantly behind the norms across both the Further and Higher education sectors and it is time for management to stop procrastinating and pay their lecturers fairly for the work they do."

Mr Flanagan continued, "As we enter our third week of industrial action, it is clear that our members remain strong and committed and picket lines will be in place at all SRUC campuses this morning."

The recent EIS statutory ballot provided a clear legal mandate for a move to industrial action, including strike action. Support for industrial action short of strike was extremely strong (93% of those voting) and support for strike action was also very strong (86%).

Turnout in the ballot was 65%, well above the legal minimum turnout set by the UK government’s trade union law restrictions.

Further information on the dispute can be found here.