Lecturers on strike against 'partnership'
LECTURERS AT new Scottish universities and colleges of art were out on the picket line on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week against their management's imposition of a new contract, laughably called "Partner ship 2000". Around 1,500 lecturers are involved in the action. They are protesting at the new contract, which would mean an end to the current 32.5 hour week and its replacement by an open-ended contract with no limit to working hours.
The contract would give total ownership of copyright of all publications to the universities. At the time of going to press, picket lines were being organised at all the universities involved. Students at several of the institutions have also voted to support the striking lecturers. The lecturers are planning strike action on two days every week between now and the end of the semester in June. Delegates to the EIS-ULA lecturers' association will be arguing for stepping up the action through a boycott of summer exams and Quality Assurance visits.
- The colleges hit are Abertay University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Paisley University, Napier University, Robert Gordon University, Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, and Queen Margaret University College.
- LECTURERS in NATFHE in Coleg Gwent, the federal FE college based in five towns around Gwent, took successful half day strike action last week. The action was to protest against new contracts that management want to introduce.
- UP TO 150 students and college staff demonstrated in Basildon last Saturday against big job cuts at Basildon College.