Colleges’ support staff set to strike
SCOTLAND’S college support staff are planning to take industrial action.
The union said the decision was taken ‘after bosses failed to deliver a fair deal for support staff’.
Support staff, who deliver a range of services including finance, admissions, bursaries, libraries and IT, have been offered settlements of £230 in comparison with £450 being given to teaching staff.
National negotiations broke down on June 16 and Unison Scotland, the union for college support staff, is now to ballot members for strike action.
Chris Greenshields, chairman of Unison Scotland in further education, said: ‘Our demand is simple and fair. As a minimum, our members should receive parity with our teaching colleagues in the EIS. There should be equality of treatment for workers in the same sector, within the same national bargaining machinery and with the same local employers.’
A spokesperson from the University of the Highlands and Islands added: ‘ Members have yet to be balloted, so it is too early to know the outcome. Where action is proposed, the university and our partners will work together to determine how it may affect us to ensure any disruption is minimised.’