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Strike Action on the Table in Row Over Pay

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Lecturers are to be balloted by Scotland's largest teaching union on industrial action in a row over pay.

The ballot represents the second such vote in less than 12 months and follows on from strike action by members of the University and College Union in November.

According to the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), lecturers' pay had been cut in real terms by more than 20% over the past decade.

Whilst 88% of those supported industrial action in last year's EIS ballot, a lack of members taking part in the vote meant the result fell short of the legal mandate required for action.

Larry Flanagan, EIS general secretary said he feared attacks on workers' rights in the future, due to the Conservatives gaining a sizeable majority in Westminster.

Mr Flanagan said: "Workload is increasing across the sector, placing ever greater strain on lecturing staff who are working harder and longer for ever-decreasing pay."

"It is now time for Scotland's higher education lecturers to take a stand and demand the fair pay deal that is due to them."

Scotland's Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead countered, arguing industrial action was not in anyone's interest.