Planned Fife College strikes called off

There is some relief for Fife college students today as planned strike action by lectruers's been called off.

A dispute over pay continues - but plans for staff to walk out of the classroom today's been postponed for more talks to be held between teaching union the EIS and employers Colleges Scotland.

Students in Fife have already faced disruption as lecturers have already striked four times this year.

Lecturers are demanding what they say is a fair cost of living increase, in line with public-sector pay policy.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: "We welcome the constructive dialogue around pay which took place with Colleges Scotland last week and hope that this positive movement will continue when we meet again on May 9.

"The FELA Executive has acknowledged its commitment to continuing negotiation and resolving this pay dispute, by the suspension of the strike action planned for this week."

John Gribben, director of employment services at Colleges Scotland Employers' Association, said: "Colleges welcome the decision by the EIS-FELA to suspend their strike action on Wednesday and, while we are moving closer to reaching a deal, we recognise there is more work to be done.

"We're disappointed that the EIS-FELA continues to target the students by withholding their assessment results and has not called off strike days scheduled for Wednesday May 15 and Thursday May 16.

"Colleges have made a further improved financial offer to the EIS-FELA subject to agreement on terms and conditions.

"We believe lecturers would accept the deal and have asked the EIS-FELA to take our offer to its members for approval."

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