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Colleges aren’t the personal fiefdoms of their principals

The repercussions of the ‘most significant education dispute in Scotland since the 1980s’ will be felt for years to come, writes one union vice-president

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Strike action is not something any worker takes lightly and our union’s recent dispute has been no exception. The majority of further education lecturers enter the sector as a second career after working in industry. We are highly qualified professionals who want to teach. So why strike?

The timing of our strike was triggered by management’s failure to implement the March 2016 agreement, specifically the pay harmonisation element due on 1 April.

The dispute’s origins go back to the early 1990s and the “incorporation” of colleges as quasi-independent bodies with business-dominated boards of ...

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