Created on: 06 Oct 2021 | Last modified: 06 Oct 2021
Lecturing staff at Scotland’s Rural University College (SRUC) will today take their second day of strike action in a continuing programme of industrial action in a long-running dispute over pay and grading.
Members took their first day of strike action last Thursday, with further strike days planned together with an ongoing programme of action short of strike.
Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “Following a well-supported day of strike action last week, our members are SRUC are continuing with industrial action today. Pay for lecturers at SRUC has fallen significantly behind the norms across both the Further and Higher education sectors.
"It is time for management at SRUC to stop dragging their feet and commit to paying their lecturers fairly for the vital work that they do.”
A 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.
The first day of strike action last week was very well supported by EIS members at SRUC, with picket lines in operation at campuses across Scotland.
Picket lines will be in place at SRUC campuses again today (Wednesday). Full strike info is available here.