Further trike action by lecturers at Lews Castle College this week has been averted.
The industrial action was suspended late on Friday (19th May) when the lecturers' union, EIS FELA and the employers agreed a deal whereby the money owed to teaching staff would finally be paid.
Following a period of intense negotiations, agreement has been reached between the employers and the union. This led to the immediate suspension of strike action by the EIS and will enable college management to implement the March 2016 Agreement.
After the meeting, Colleges Scotland and the EIS welcomed this breakthrough and are delighted that disruption to student learning has been brought to an end.
Both sides expressed the hope that this would provide a sound foundation for the college sector moving forward.
Donald Macdonald, the EIS FELA Branch Convener at the college, expressed his relief. "Our members are glad that Colleges Scotland have finally agreed to honour the agreement reached in March 2016. Students and lecturers alike will be pleased that the strike is suspended. While some details are the subject of ongoing negotiations, we now look forward to getting back to work without interruption."
Billy Mackinnon, the college's EIS FELA Branch Secretary added: "This strike should never have had to happen. Colleges Scotland's failure to honour the agreement has caused immense distress to students.
"We're very grateful that students all over Scotland were fully supportive of the action lecturers took over the four weeks of industrial action."