College strike action that was due to take place next week has been suspended after talks to resolve a bitter dispute over lecturer jobs made progress.

Leaders at Colleges Scotland (CS), which represents institutions in the further education sector, said the development had come after "lengthy and productive" negotiations.

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The EIS Further Education Lecturers' Association (EIS-FELA) previously threated "indefinite" three-day weekly walk-outs following accusations that CS was seeking to replace lecturing roles with "instructor/assessor" positions.

It warned failure to protect the roles would deprive staff of vital class preparation time and remove the need for them to be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

A CS spokeswoman said on Friday evening: “Following lengthy and productive discussions today, good progress was made and a consensus position reached which both sides are taking to their respective memberships.  

“As a result of the position reached, the strike action planned for Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th April 2021 has been suspended.

“The suspension is good news for students and staff.”

EIS-FELA bosses confirmed the move, tweeting: "Two days of national strike action have been suspended to allow for ratification of agreement that was reached."