EDINBURGH COLLEGE STRIKE – AN EXCEPTION THAT COULD BE THE RULE!

The recent strike of further education lecturers at Edinburgh College has been described as ‘a classic example of how to conduct a strike’ by the EIS Executive. The bare outlines of what happened make impressive reading.
After three years of no pay rises, lecturers were offered a small pay rise with draconian conditions in tow. Management’s key aim was abolition of a fundamental condition for any teacher – the weekly
class contact maximum in front of students. Continue reading

Hundreds march through Edinburgh in support of anti-austerity strike

As millions of people across Europe participated in Wednesday’s day of action against austerity around 300 marchers took to the streets of Edinburgh to show their support. A co-ordinated general strike brought Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal to a standstill and workers clashed with riot police in several European capitals in the biggest show of strength the Continent has seen the devastating austerity measures began. Continue reading