A spokesperson for the Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association said:

“Today’s action by the EIS-FELA is extremely disappointing after what has already been a very difficult and challenging year for staff and students across Scotland. The EIS-FELA is breaching national agreed protocols by taking unnecessary industrial action whilst meaningful discussions are still ongoing.

“The request to suspend the strike while talks continue was refused by the EIS-FELA on Tuesday.

“The strike action is taking place because the EIS-FELA has claimed colleges are trying to replace lecturer posts with less qualified and less well paid staff. This simply isn’t true.

“In our discussions, the EIS-FELA has agreed that there is no national plan to replace lecturers with other roles like tutors, assessors or instructors. We also both agree that all roles in colleges, whether they be lecturing or support staff, are valuable and that each role is distinct.

“There is one detail left on the table for discussion, and the employers want to make sure that the final agreement recognises the complex and professional nature of the job that lecturers do. Colleges also need to be confident that the solution doesn’t have a negative impact on support staff, because we have a duty of care to the whole workforce.

“This is extremely disappointing after what has already been a very difficult year for students.

“We hope that the ongoing discussions lead to a positive outcome.”

 

View the pdf Comment on EIS FELA Strike Action - Thursday 25 March 2021 (171 KB) .

The Educational Institute of Scotland Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) is taking strike action on Thursday, 25 March 2021 regarding the use of tutor/assessor/instructor roles.   

The strike is going ahead on Thursday despite a request from the employers’ representatives to suspend any action whilst discussions are ongoing. 

We have agreed to meet the EIS-FELA again early next week (w/c 29th March) to continue discussions. 

Read our comment on  pdf Comment on Upcoming Industrial Action - Tuesday 23 March 2021 (118 KB)

Scotland’s AI Strategy, published today (Monday, 22 March 2021), sets out how Scotland will become a world-leader in trustworthy, ethical and inclusive artificial intelligence.

As part of this, the college sector will support upskilling and reskilling opportunities for learners across Scotland to aid the development of the skilled AI workforce, whilst increasing diversity in the AI skills pool by ensuring those opportunities are available to those learners, both young and old, from the most deprived communities served by the college sector.

Comment on  pdf Digital Strategy for Scotland (118 KB)  published on Thursday, 11 March 2021.