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A series of threatened strikes by college lecturers could hit during the run up to students’ exams.

Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) union overwhelmingly backed industrial action.

Lecturers say Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association failed to honour promises given in a deal last summer.

Union members voted 96.4% - 3.6% in favour of strike action.

Lecturers plan to walk out on Thursday 27 April. Another day of action strike would take place the following week.

College lecturers set to strike

19 April 2017

Weekly Tuesday to Thursday strikes are earmarked for May.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "This dispute arose following the reneging by college management of a binding national agreement delivering fair pay that was reached more than a year ago.

"Instead of working to deliver that agreement - that was freely entered into - college managers have spent the last 12 months dragging their collective feet and attempting to undermine the pay harmonisation that they themselves agreed to in March last year.

"The level of duplicity that has been displayed by college management regarding this pay deal has been simply staggering.”

A spokesperson for the Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association, called for further discussion and “sensible negotiation.”

She said the union should not “cherry pick” what was agreed but  “understand” the total package of changes.

“We have already agreed an average pay rise of 9% over the next two years, but the EIS wants to strike to also get an increase to 66 days’ annual leave and a reduction in class contact time to 21 hours per week.