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Support staff at Lanarkshire colleges vote to accept three year pay deal

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Support staff at 21 colleges in Scotland, including two in Lanarkshire, have voted overwhelmingly to accept a three-year pay deal.

The deal gives a flat-rate increase of £5,000 paid in instalments over three years, with a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies until September 2024.This is the first time there has been such a no-redundancy guarantee in the sector, says trade union UNISON.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android It brings to an end almost two years of industrial action, including strikes.

In December, college staff represented by UNISON voted overwhelmingly in favour of a continuation of strike action in their campaign for fair pay and job security.However, with the acceptance of this revised offer, strikes will now be called off.UNISON Scotland further education branch Secretary Chris Greenshields said: “This result would not have been reached without the resolve of UNISON’s members working in colleges.“It took nearly two years of industrial action and the threat of strikes during exam periods to secure these concessions.“Importantly, the new offer confirms a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies until September 2024, the first guarantee of its kind in the sector.“If the employers had accepted similar proposals made by UNISON last year, there would have been no need for industrial

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