Boards floor national pay

25th December 1998 at 00:00
I read with interest Graeme Hyslop's contribution in FE Focus (December 11). Clearly his emotive reference to the Association of Scottish Colleges' "preposterous policy on national pay bargaining and conditions of service" suggests that my good friend Graeme has had a hard term.

College boards of management have full delegated responsibility for the effective deployment of resources allocated to them by the Secretary of State. It follows that they can only fulfil this duty if they have direct and local responsibility for all areas of expenditure -including staffing costs which account for between 60-70 per cent of annual expenditure.

The return to national bargaining would be a retrograde step. Successful colleges will continue to reach amicable agreements with their staff, but the Secretary of State must play his part by ensuring boards have the necessary allocation from the public purse to motivate and reward staff.

John Sellars, Dalmahoy Crescent, Balerno

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