Borders College

A Message from Borders College to Students: Strike Action and Action Short of Strike

Following a ballot of EIS-FELA members, the EIS union has approved an escalation of industrial action over the dispute relating to their current pay award negotiations.

They have authorised the following industrial action by their members:

  • Continuation of strike action with new strike days set for 15th May and 16th May
  • Action short of strike action to include: implementing a resulting boycott, involving a refusal to record student results in the college results system; a withdrawal of goodwill

We would like to stress that this is not an assessment boycott.  Marking, student feedback and remediation/results should not be affected by the resulting boycott.  The action focuses on the inputting of results not the assessment process.  We will ensure that your results are uploaded within the required timescales.

The industrial action is affecting all colleges in Scotland and negotiations are continuing to take place so we are hopeful that a resolution will be found soon.

Our priority as a College will be to ensure that we do everything we can to minimise disruption to you, our students.

If you are concerned about your progress on your course, please contact your Curriculum and Learning Manager as soon as possible.

The college has an Assessment Policy in place that states that students will receive written feedback on their assessments within 15 working days.

If you feel that the period of time has extended beyond 15 working days, please contact your Curriculum and Learning Manager so this can be addressed quickly.

All examinations will go ahead as planned and your exams will take place.

We know that this is a worrying and uncertain time, but we are committed to ensuring that any disruption to your learning is minimised as far as possible. If planned activity does not take place due to the strike action, we will make every effort to provide you with appropriate alternative learning opportunities.

We thank you for your patience at this time.

Published: Tue 14th May, 2019