Colleges lift pay gloom

AMID THE well publicised disputes affecting further education in Scotland, nearly two-thirds of colleges have settled pay claims for this year. Seventeen colleges are still in negotiation or dispute.

A survey (FE Focus, page 30) shows that average increases amount to 2. 9 per cent but range from nil to the 5 per cent awarded at Edinburgh's Telford College in two stages.

At Langside in Glasgow, lecturers accepted a pay freeze in return for five days' extra holiday following a cut in the college's Scottish Office grant.

Management offers have been rejected by lecturers at six of the colleges, and there is a ballot on a pay and conditions package at Fife College.

The wide discrepancies have led the Educational Institute of Scotland to support a return to collective agreements, if not nationally then by groups of colleges.

Marion Healy, the union's further and higher education officer, said that the burden of time-consuming negotiations should be lifted from the shoulders of individual principals and union branches.

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