The next strike day which will only impact student services will take place on Thursday 5 October.
The college will be open and all classes scheduled for Thursday will take place as normal.
Student Funding and Student Support will be impacted by the strike on Thursday 5 October, so if you need to speak to anyone from either team we suggest you do this by Wednesday 4 October, although there will be staff to help you on Thursday should you require any assistance.
If you would like to contact a manager from your faculty details are posted in the previous message below.
How will the strike affect you?
The college will be open on strike days – on campus and online. Students should attend unless they are informed otherwise.
We do not know which staff will take part in strike action and it is possible that your lecturer may not be working on these days 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 or that the food options are more limited.
Your funding will not be affected by any of this action.
INDUSTRIAL ACTION SHORT OF STRIKE
In addition to the strike days, some lecturers are taking industrial action short of strike. While they will continue to mark student work, they might not record these marks on college systems. For our college, only a small number of lecturers are taking this action.
How will action short of strike affect you?
The majority of students will not be affected by lecturers not submitting marks to our system.
If you were a student affected in 2022-23, your results might be delayed in getting to the relevant awarding body. This doesn’t mean that you have not completed your course or passed your assessments. Most lecturers have informed you of your results.
All of your assessments or course work has been marked and the results are ready to be entered as soon as this industrial action ends.
We’re here to help
If you have any questions about your class, you can speak to a manager in your faculty:
- Access, Employability and Schools – Anna email@example.com
- Business, Creative and Enterprise – Lee-Ann firstname.lastname@example.org and Tracy email@example.com
- Care, Health and Sport – Rachel firstname.lastname@example.org and Nadia email@example.com
- Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment - Andrea firstname.lastname@example.org, Margaret email@example.com and Steven firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be able to access support services on campus or online by contacting:
- Student Support - email@example.com
- Student Funding - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Association - StudentAssociation@west-lothian.ac.uk
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 (EIS which represents lecturing staff, and UNISON which represents support staff in our college).
College Employers Scotland has offered a £2,000 salary increase for the last year and a £1,500 increase for this year. This offer has not been accepted by the trade unions.
Despite persistent lobbying from both College Employers Scotland and the trade unions, the Scottish Government has stated firmly that there will be no additional funding for colleges for an improved pay offer.
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 email@example.com.