Col­leges’ sup­port staff set to strike

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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