STAFF at Fife College in Dunfermline stood on the picket line today as part of ongoing dispute over pay, terms and conditions.

Unison Scotland Further Education members walked out after college employers issued a pay offer at the end of May which the union said came with "a very clear threat of compulsory redundancies for college support staff".

The union has threatened further strikes will continue into the autumn if no further movement is made.

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Those taking part in strikes include librarians, IT specialists, technicians, administrative and business support staff, cleaners, canteen workers and estate management staff.

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UNISON further education branch secretary Chris Greenshields said: "We are heading for the worst year for industrial unrest in the sector in living memory, if we are not there already.

"Three unions and thousands of college staff have already taken action to defend their right to a pay rise free from threat with more strike days to follow.

"There is a real danger that this dispute could go on until 2024.

"With the pay award now over a year late you might think the Scottish Government would step in to resolve the issue.

"Unfortunately, we have a minister who is refusing to deal with the single biggest issue facing the sector in years and saying he is unable or unwilling to get involved.

"College staff, students, politicians and members of the public are wondering what else can be more important than this for the Minister for Further & Higher Education.

"This needs urgent government involvement now."

Fife College remained open while the action took place.

A spokesperson for the college said: "We respect our colleagues’ right to strike, and we look forward to this situation being resolved quickly so that we can focus on delivering outstanding education for all Fife College students.”