Iain backs local college lecturers in pay dispute

County MSP Iain Gray has challenged the First Minister to intervene in the college lecturers pay dispute in order to help bring about a fair resolution for staff.

Mr Gray raised the issue with Ms Sturgeon on the same day as EIS-FELA (Further Education Lecturers’ Association) members from across Scotland held a rally at the Scottish Parliament, which he addressed as Sottish Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary.

Speaking after the rally, Iain Gray MSP said:

“Our colleges are a critical part of Scotland’s education sector. Several lecturers from East Lothian have asked for my backing with their pay dispute. I gave them my unequivocal support when I addressed the EIS-FELA rally at Holyrood this week.

“At FMQs I also challenged Nicola Sturgeon to intervene in the dispute and help resolve it with a fair cost of living increase for lecturers, which they have been denied for three years. Unfortunately, she refused to get involved.

“I will continue to support EIS-FELA members in their pursuit of a fair pay increase and also keep urging Ministers to do the right thing and intervene on their behalf to settle the dispute.”