COLLEGE lecturers are to hit the picket lines again tomorrow in a row over pay.

West College Scotland's Clydebank campus will be open but classes cancelled as with the strike action last month.

Members of the EIS/FELA union said they had "no choice" after no cost of living pay rise since April 2016. This is the second of four scheduled strike dates across all colleges in Scotland.

There had been further meetings after the first strike in January in hopes of resolving the dispute.

John Kelly, EIS/FELA branch secretary at WCS, said: "Members are furious that they are being treated far less favourably than all other staff in further education.

"I am deeply disappointed that management nationally have forced us into taking this action. We are certain that this dispute can be resolved without a huge cost implication being imposed on the sector.

"Our most recent proposals delivered last week in talks would have cost less than the recent agreement with support staff in colleges.

"Despite this, Colleges Scotland refused to recommend these proposals to their side."

Colleges Scotland said last month that a pay rise of 9 per cent was agreed in May 2017 after previous strikes and they have now offered a further cost of living hike, taking the average increase to 12.2 per cent.

They said that was an average cash boost of more than £4,000.

Shona Struthers, chief executive of Colleges Scotland, said: “It is extremely disappointing that the EIS-FELA is taking disruptive strike action for the third time in four years.

"This offer on the table is the best overall pay rise for public sector workers anywhere in the UK, but the EIS-FELA want even more."