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College lecturer’s dispute requires dialogue not threats

20 June, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey, who is the Chairperson of the Assembly Employment and Learning Committee, has said that threats to suspend college lecturers are not the way to resolve the long running dispute over pay and she called for intensive dialogue to break the impasse.

Ms Ramsey said:

"This long running dispute will not be resolved by employers threatening to suspend college lecturers. There needs to be intensive dialogue.

"This dispute centres on pay disparity and the failure of Reg Empey to break with the model used in England.

"College lecturers pay is decided by the British Treasury and its Public Sector Pay Policy. This has prevented college lecturers being paid similar pay scales to those teachers in the post primary education sector, whose pay scales are not linked to the Treasury's Public Sector Pay Policy.

"This is not about a lack of finance. The Minister for Employment and Learning has already made it clear that money is not the obstacle to a settlement but a political decision." ENDS

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