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Industrial Action

EIS-FELA Industrial Action 2022

EIS-FELA, the trade union for lecturing staff, announced they will undertake a national programme of strike action at colleges throughout Scotland across various dates throughout April, May and June. The EIS-FELA recently suspended some of the scheduled days of planned strike action across colleges over the coming weeks.

The next planned day of strike action is Wednesday 25 May 2022. All classes will be cancelled on this day - unless students are told otherwise by their lecturers.

Planned strike action on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 May has been suspended and classes will run as normal.

The EIS-FELA is planning the below strike action throughout the rest of May and June.

  • Monday 30 May and Wednesday 1 June

  • Tuesday 7 June and Thursday 9 June

  • Monday 13 June, Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 June

  • Tuesday 21 June, Thursday 23 June and Friday 24 June

  • Monday 27 June, Tuesday 28 June and Wednesday 29 June

We hope that a resolution can be reached nationally soon to avoid any future strike days and will notify everyone if the situation changes.

We will update you on any planned action being taken on further dates nearer the time. Please keep checking your emails and this page for more updates.

Why is the strike taking place?

The national dispute is regarding an ongoing pay dispute from 2021-22. Discussions to resolve this are taking place at a national level between the EIS and the group representing colleges’ management, College Employers Scotland (formerly the Employers’ Association). This means individual colleges, like Edinburgh College, cannot directly influence talks.

What happens on strike days?

During strike days, classes will be cancelled (unless your lecturer tells you otherwise), however our campuses will remain open for you to undertake self-directed study or access our support services. You are encouraged to continue to engage in learning online on the strike days and will be able to access all of our online learning platforms and resources.

This strike day will not affect student support payments or national exams taking place in May and June.

We are sorry for any disruption this may cause you and if you would like to understand more about why lecturers are striking, or have concerns please read the FAQs below.

You can also contact Student Services either on campus or via the Student Services Hub on Microsoft Teams, or contact ECSA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When are the strike days planned to happen?

The EIS-FELA is planning the below strike action throughout the rest of May and June.

  • Monday 30 May and Wednesday 1 June

  • Tuesday 7 June and Thursday 9 June

  • Monday 13 June, Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 June

  • Tuesday 21 June, Thursday 23 June and Friday 24 June

  • Monday 27 June, Tuesday 28 June and Wednesday 29 June

Further action may also take place during June. We hope that a resolution can be reached nationally soon to avoid any future strike days and will notify everyone if the situation changes. We will update you on any planned action being taken on further dates nearer the time.

The College is committed to supporting all students to successfully complete their studies with us. 

What will happen on the strike day?

As we will not know which lecturers will be working until the day of the strike, all classes on Wednesday 25 May will be cancelled unless you are told otherwise by your lecturer. Your lecturer will contact you directly if your class is going ahead online or on campus.

It is important that you know, while the strike happens across colleges in Scotland, at Edinburgh College, we will do everything possible to support you and reduce the impact. On the strike day, if your class is cancelled, you are encouraged to continue to engage in learning online and will be able to access all of our online learning platforms and resources. Our support staff will also be working during the strike day. Our campuses will be open to support you with self-directed study.

Any plans to cancel classes on future strike dates will be shared with students nearer the time.

I have an exam scheduled to take place on one of the strike days, will this go ahead?

National exams will not be affected on strike days. Arrangements will be in place to ensure all national exams will go ahead on campus as normal. You will receive further information about your exams nearer the time.

How will the college prevent any more disruption to students?

We will ensure that all students are supported to complete their studies. Our online learning platforms will be available to all students on strike days, and we will make sure students have access to all the learning materials they need to study and prepare for assessments.  You will also have access to all of our support services and staff as normal.

Will my bursary be affected by the strike day?

No. The strike days will not affect your student support payments.

What should I do on the strike day?

Unless you are told otherwise by your lecturer, where possible we encourage you to continue to engage in self-directed study on the strike day. You will be able to access all of our online learning platforms and resources and our support staff will also be working to support you.

What is the strike about?

The national dispute is regarding an ongoing pay dispute from 2021-22. Discussions to resolve this are taking place at a national level between the EIS and the group representing colleges’ management, College Employers Scotland (formerly the Employers’ Association).

Why has no solution been found yet?

Talks are continuing nationally between the EIS and College Employers Scotland, with regular meetings scheduled, in the hope that a resolution can be reached to avoid any further unnecessary disruption for students.

Can Edinburgh College do more to influence the outcome?

Unfortunately, no. All the negotiations take place on a national level. Individual colleges are not responsible for reaching an agreement and so, like all colleges in Scotland, we will have to wait to see what the outcome of the national level talks are.

Who can I speak to if I’m worried about how this might affect my studies?

Our staff are committed to supporting you to complete your studies. If you have any concerns, please speak to your lecturer, our Student Services teams - either on campus or via the Student Services Hub on Microsoft Teams -  or raise it with the Students’ Association, ECSA.

 

You can also email communications@edinburghcollege.ac.uk if you have any questions which aren’t covered in this FAQs document.