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Wednesday, 15 March, 2000, 07:40 GMT
More strikes hit universities
EIS picket
Lecturers will be on picket duty again
Lecturers at seven Scottish universities will stage the second in a series of strikes against the introduction of new contracts.

Their union, the Educational Institute of Scotland, says 1,500 academics have decided to continue the action with "great reluctance".

It claims management at the country's so-called new universities has so far failed to enter into meaningful negotiations to find a solution.

Although the fresh contracts mean higher pay, summer holidays are shorter.

Civil liberties infringed

Existing staff do not have to change to the new conditions unless they want to.

The EIS, which represents about 60% of the academic staff, says it is concerned that there is no set limit to working hours and some aspects of the contract infringe civil liberties.

The lecturers have committed themselves to a series of two-day stoppages every week - possibly until the summer.

The EIS action involves union members at the following universities: Abertay, Glasgow Caledonian, Napier, Paisley, Robert Gordon, Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art and Queen Margaret University College.

The strike announcement followed a ballot of EIS members in the sector, with 73% voting to support the action.

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