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Pics from the picket lines – FE colleges 27 September

College support staff across Scotland have walked out for a second time this month and will demonstrate at the Parliament later today. The row centres on the pay rise for 2016, as college bosses awarded lecturing staff a flat rate rise of £450, while most low-paid support staff were offered £230 – almost half that awarded to […]

NUS boost for FE support staff strikes

The president of the National Union of Students Scotland has issued a call to all college students backing the FE support staff who are striking for Fair Pay. Vonnie Sandlan told UNISON organisers today that an email had been sent to all sabbatical posts in colleges in support of the claim by trade union staff. […]

UNISON launches first ever national strike across Scotland’s further education colleges

UNISON members across Scotland’s 20 further education (FE) colleges will go on strike on Tuesday, September 6, as an autumn of discontent kicks off in the troubled sector. The dispute is the result of college bosses awarding lecturing staff a £450 flat rate rise in May 2016, while most college support staff have been offered […]

There is still time – vote YES/YES in FE ballot

* The ballot is now closed * Further education members to launch autumn strike campaign Time is running out to cast your vote in UNISON’s FE support staff ballot which will close tomorrow (Tuesday, August 16) at 10am. John Gallacher, Scottish Organiser for UNISON, explains here why a YES/YES vote is important: College support staff and lecturers were promised […]

UNISON recommending Yes / Yes vote in FE ballot

UNISON FE Support staff ballot has opened and will close 10am,16 August. UNISON are recommending members vote yes/yes for strike action. UNISON members are furious that while lecturing staff have been awarded a £450 flat rate rise, some college support staff were only offered a flat rate of £230. UNISON will take part in national […]

Stress levels of Scotland’s college staff reaching breaking point, says UNISON

A UNISON Scotland survey has revealed more than four out of five college support workers have experienced stress at work, with one in five becoming so sick they were unable to work. Support staff from 17 colleges participated in the survey which revealed shocking levels of stress and bullying in Scotland’s colleges. Some of the […]

UNISON to ballot further education members for strike action in dispute over pay

Scotland’s college support staff are planning an ‘autumn of discontent’ after college bosses failed to deliver a fair deal for support staff. Support staff have been offered £230 in comparison to the £450 settlement already paid out to teaching colleagues. National negotiations broke down last week (Thursday) and UNISON Scotland – the union for college […]

UNISON hails historic pay deal for further education support staff in Scotland

Date: Friday 22 January 2016 UNISON has led negotiations to achieve the first ever national pay rise for over four thousand support staff in Scotland‘s Further Education Colleges. Support staff deliver a range of vital student services and are key to the running of the 25 new colleges in Scotland. The deal was agreed at […]

Staff morale at rock bottom in Scotland’s colleges, says UNISON

Date: Friday 25 September 2015 A UNISON report from a survey of staff in Scottish colleges, shows real problems caused by funding cuts, the college mergers programme and unaccountable college senior managers – and real concern amongst staff that education services for students are declining.  The report Learning the Hard Way is published today (25 September 2015) […]