OVER 1,000 college lecturers, teachers and other trade unionists marched through Glasgow last Saturday demanding the reinstatement of Jim O'Donovan. Jim is the president of the college lecturers' section of the EIS education union. He was sacked from Glasgow's Central College following a campaign of victimisation against union activists by the management.
The march was called by the EIS. The union is beginning to recognise that since incorporation, or privatisation, of the colleges in 1993 there has been a systematic campaign of union-busting throughout Scotland. EIS activists from Borders College, Jewel and Esk Valley, Reid Kerr, Langside, Moray, West Lothian and Motherwell have all been targeted.
And there have been widespread attacks on jobs, pay and conditions. There have been 25 ballots for industrial action in recent years. Central College lecturers have voted overwhelmingly to strike. Unfortunately the EIS leaders are not mounting a real fight. Jim is going through an industrial tribunal, and the EIS is slavishly following legal advice not to discuss the injustice publicly, blunting the campaign.