Industrial Action

Ongoing Strike Action
and Action Short of Strike (ASOS): Update

College lecturers who are members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS-FELA) Union, voted in favour of action short of strike (ASOS) from Monday 12 February 2024 as well as undertaking strike action.

Strike Action
EIS members employed by South Lanarkshire College have been asked by their trade union to undertake a programme of discontinuous industrial action consisting of strike action. In addition to the strike days that took place on Thursday 29 February 2024, Friday 19 April 2024, Tuesday 23 April 2024 and Thursday 2 May 2024, there is strike action planned for the following days during May and June 2024:

W/c 20th May 2024
Monday 20 May
Thursday 23 May

W/c 27th May 2024
Tuesday 28 May
Thursday 30 May
Friday 31 May

W/c 3rd June 2024
Monday 3 June
Tuesday 4 June
Wednesday 5 June
Friday 7 June

This is part of a national pay dispute and national strike action affecting all Colleges across Scotland.

On the days listed, the College will remain open, however, as we do not know how many EIS-FELA members will take strike action, students should only attend classes where they have been directly told by their lecturer.  Otherwise, classes will be cancelled. Unless otherwise advised, you will not be required to attend your class on this date and will be recorded as present.

The College will remain open for support and guidance. All students are encouraged to use this time to carry on with their work via self-study.

Action Short of Strike Action (ASOS)
During ASOS, the College still expects all college lecturers to submit results in line with their contracts and they still must undertake the following:

  • Set and mark assessments or any other work to be assessed;
  • Share results for work that provides feedback and support to students;
  • Give students feedback from assessments;
  • Measure and record progress and attainment of learners;
  • Mark registers.

The EIS have indicated that the action short of strike will continue until Monday 15th July, however, it will end sooner if a resolution is found at a national level.

The impact of this industrial action will vary depending on the course and whether your lecturer is participating or not. For courses assessed by external exams, there may be no impact. However, for courses assessed by continuous assessment, such as NCs or HNCs, there may be a delay in receiving official confirmation of qualification attainment.

Please, be assured that we are working closely with universities, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and other awarding bodies to help support students on your pathways and to ensure you receive your certificates and qualifications as soon as possible. This includes ensuring courses can be quality assured by SQA to allow certificates to be awarded. We are therefore in discussion with university partners to ensure existing offers are fulfilled, supporting the use of predicted grades where that is appropriate.

South Lanarkshire College is committed to helping all students progress onto employment or further study and if needed then the College can write letters of support etc to employers to help with progression.

We would encourage you to get in touch with your lecturer or Curriculum Manager if you need any assistance or have concerns:

If you are unsure of how to contact your lecturer or Curriculum Manager then you can also contact our support teams by emailing Student Support - student.support@slc.ac.uk or the Student Association - studentassociation@slc.ac.uk

We know this may be a difficult period of time and we want to remind you that we are here to support you to achieve your qualification and do everything we can to ensure that any disruption to your learning is kept to a minimum.