Reid Kerr College staff to strike over ‘zero’ pay rise

COLLEGE lecturers have voted to strike in a dispute over pay.

Staff at Reid Kerr College in Paisley, which is set to merge with Clydebank College and James Watt College, overwhelmingly backed industrial action after being offered a “0 per cent” pay deal, the EIS union said.

John Kelly, the EIS/FELA branch secretary at the college, said: “Over 87 per cent of those voting at Reid Kerr voted for strike action.

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“Staff do not wish to strike but have been left with no alternative. Be clear, however, that they are determined to do whatever it takes to gain a pay rise.

“They have watched their incomes eroded steadily, through inflation and increased pension contributions. Their message is loud and clear, enough is enough, we need a pay rise.”

The EIS is preparing a timetable for strike days following the vote, which saw a turnout of around 70 per cent.

Scotland’s colleges are facing changes as part of the Scottish Government’s plans.