College support staff secure major £14m pay deal after years of strikes

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Ballots by three major unions have secured a £14 million pay deal for more than 5,000 college support staff.

The deal follows a series of strikes at Scotland’s colleges from Unison, GMB and the EIS, which have disrupted college courses.

Pay will rise by a minimum of £1,600 over a 29-month period after 96% of Unison members, 95% of Unite members and 100% of GMB members voted to accept the new conditions.

Unison said the deal represents a major step forward for national bargaining for college support staff. The EIS remains in dispute over pay rises for 2017 and 2018 for college lecturers.

Alison MacLean, regional officer for Unite, said: “This deal will see a period of long awaited stability for our members who do an excellent job across our Scottish colleges.

“Thankfully, their contribution to the sector is finally being recognised after years of low pay awards.”