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Lecturers set to strike at Midlothian Campus as offer is rejected

Edinburgh College Midlothian Campus

Edinburgh College Midlothian Campus

Lecturers at Edinburgh College’s Midlothian Campus in Dalkeith will join the planned strike tomorrow (Thursday) after rejecting a pay rise.

The pay and conditions package would have given staff a 
3 per cent pay rise, but seen the removal of their maximum teaching hours limit, which is currently at 24 hours a week.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) says this would add to the stress and anxiety caused by the recent merger of the three colleges, and is pushing for a 22 hour limit. Today’s industrial action starts a series of planned strikes, with two next week and three the week after.

Maths teacher Daniel Holland is the EIS union representative at the Midlothian Campus on Dalhousie Road.

He said: “We have been offered a pay and conditions package which 92 per cent of our members rejected.

“Removing the maximum teaching hours limit could leave us teaching 35 hours a week. That would be a drastic increase in our workload.

“The EIS is happy to resume negotiations with management when they are ready.”

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