Lecturers strike to defend colleague sacked after anonymous complaints

EIS EdinburghCollege-minEdinburgh College lecturers are today on strike for a second day in support of one of their colleagues who, the union believes, has been sacked unfairly via a flawed disciplinary process that relied on anonymous complaints.

A recent ballot returned a 76% vote in favour of industrial action in support of the dismissed lecturer.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said: “The EIS-FELA branch in Edinburgh College is taking this action in support of their colleague. Our members do not take strike action lightly but we have been left with no other option after many months of fruitless discussions with college management over this dismissal.

“It is important that work places are safe and that employment processes are followed and any issues are dealt with in a fair and consistent manner. That is why staff requested an industrial action ballot from the EIS which resulted in a 76% vote in favour of industrial action.”

Edinburgh College Branch Secretary Penny Gower said, “This is the second day of action and lecturers will be on picket lines across all Edinburgh College campuses standing shoulder to shoulder with our dismissed colleague. We are prepared to meet with management at any time to resolve this issue and return this lecturer to the classroom where he belongs.”

The Edinburgh College Branch are asking for your messages of solidarity and support. Please send messages todbelsey@eis.org.uk.

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