Staff walk out over a pay demand Swinney considers ‘indefensible’

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On Wednesday, hundreds of lecturers took to the streets of Scotland to strike over pay. While college managers have said the union’s demand for a cost-of-living pay increase are unreasonable following a pay increase of 9 per cent on average due to harmonisation, members of EIS-FELA have said these are separate issues. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament’s education committee on the day of the strike, education secretary John Swinney said: “I don’t think it is defensible to separate harmonisation and cost of living as two separate things.”

In the days ahead of the industrial action, union and ...

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