Industrial Action - Strike Day

Some staff at the college will take part in a national strike on Thursday 29 February.

The college will be open and all classes are scheduled to take place. Any change to this will be supported by your faculty managers on the day of the strike. In the absence of your lecturer, the manager will support your learning to continue on campus. In the unlikely event that your class will be cancelled, you will be notified as soon as possible. 

Student funding and student support services are likely to be impacted by the strike on Thursday 29 February. If you need support from either team, please contact them by Wednesday 28 February. There will be other staff available to help you on Thursday if you need help.

How will the strike affect you?

The college will be open on Thursday 29 February, on campus and online. Students should attend unless they are informed otherwise.

We do not know which staff will take part in the strike and it is possible that your lecturer might not be available on that day to teach your class. This might mean that activities planned for your class could change.

Not all students will be affected by the strike. If your class is cancelled we will contact you directly by email and text to let you know.

Other college staff will be on campus and online to support you.

While the learning centre, campus cafe and all student support services will be open, you might find you have to wait a bit longer for help.

Your funding will not be affected.

We’re here to help

If you have any questions about your class, you can speak to a manager in your faculty:

You will be able to access support services on campus or online by contacting:

What is the strike about?

Pay awards for college staff are negotiated nationally between the organisation that represents colleges as employers (College Employers Scotland) and trade unions representing lecturing and support staff.

College Employers Scotland has offered a £2,000 salary increase for 2022-23, a £1,500 increase for 2023-24 and £1,500 for 2024-25. This offer has not been accepted by the trade unions.

Despite lobbying from College Employers Scotland and the trade unions, the Scottish Government has stated that there will be no additional funding for colleges for an improved pay offer.

Further information

We understand this might cause you some concern. Remember, we’re here to help. If you have any questions about the impact of industrial action on your learning please email execadministration@west-lothian.ac.uk.