Information for Stakeholders on Academic Staff Strike Action - 20/21 April 2021

The College teaching union EIS/FELA recently balloted their members in respect of an ongoing dispute affecting a small number of colleges. The result of the ballot has been announced and members have voted to take strike action.

Our employer’s body, Colleges Scotland, are continuing to engage in discussions with the EIS/FELA with a view to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.

Following on from the ballot, the EIS have given notice of discontinuous strike action.

The next planned strikes are on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 April 2021.

The College Executive has taken the decision that:

  • Online classes scheduled for Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 April will go ahead as planned
  • Students should undertake independent study and learning activities if there is any disruption to their scheduled online timetable
  • Planned on-campus delivery scheduled for Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 April 2021 will be cancelled. A small number of classes may go ahead, this will be confirmed directly with the students involved. There will be no other student access to any campuses.

Any teaching staff planning to be at work will run their classes as normal or may make other supervised individual arrangements with their students.

I would ask you to ensure all managers and others within your organisation involved in liaison with the College and responsible for students or apprentices attending remote learning on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 April are made aware of the above arrangements.

College campuses are not currently open to staff or students (other than for a very limited number of carefully controlled priority groups). College staff not taking part in the industrial action will be working under their current arrangements on all strike days.

Future Dates for Industrial Action

EIS/FELA have advised the College of a range of strike action dates from March to May. The College will advise on any future arrangements on a week by week basis.

Background

The relationships between the management and teaching staff in Dundee and Angus College are strong and collaborative, with a great deal of joint working going into post-COVID landscape operations over the past year.

The dispute has arisen as a result of discussions around the implementation of roles at a small number of colleges. Dundee and Angus College has issued assurances to staff that there are no plans at D&A to adopt the approaches raised as an issue by EIS.

The College regrets deeply that strike action is being progressed during the current pandemic and at a time where student learning has already been disrupted. Discussions surrounding the national dispute are ongoing and Dundee and Angus College will do all that it can to seek to ensure the impact on students and services is as minimal as it can be.

If you have any questions or require any further information do not hesitate to make contact.