Highly paid college boss scoops lucrative new pay deal amid cost cuts and staff strikes

One of Scotland’s highest paid college principals has been awarded a lucrative new pay deal while cost cutting and refusing to pay striking staff.

Documents passed to the Sunday Mail show City of Glasgow College’s Paul Little – who already earns about £200,000-a-year – is being given an extra £5000 and a huge notice period extension.

The college has made dozens of teaching staff redundant and is closing an “invaluable” trade union education centre.

And it emerged Little will deduct full pay from staff boycotting inputting exam results in an ongoing pay dispute.

A source said: “The situation is beyond belief. The senior management have deliberately taken advantage of the rundown in business due to Covid and industrial action to make the case for closing the trade union education centre.

“The centre has trained ­thousands of members and reps who have made a huge contribution to Scotland’s economy.

“But now the principal looks to be getting a very significant pay rise and extension to his notice period and wants to continue his anti-union stance. He has cut jobs, victimised those on strike and wants to close down trade union education.

“The Scottish Government claim unions are central to their ‘fair work’ agenda – now is the time to turn their rhetoric into action, end the strike and stop the threat to the trade union education centre. We are ready to meet government ministers, college management or anyone else at any time.”

Lecturers at the college, part of the EIS-FELA union, were on strike for much of last year over plans to impose 100 compulsory redundancies on top of 75 voluntary ones to meet a £6million budget shortfall.

The Scottish Government has withdrawn a £26million uplift for colleges it had pledged in the 2023-24 Budget.

Little claimed more than £100,000 in expenses over the last 10 years, including more than £13,000 at a private members’ club in London.

The most recent accounts show he earns a salary of around £170,000 per year, with an annual remuneration of more than £200,000 when pension contributions were included.

He is also a strategic adviser to the Royal Navy ­Strategic Studies Centre, chairman of business consulting firm EFQM and the UK chairman of Shipbuilding Skills Task Force. Other items included extensive international travel claims.

In 2015 the principal attended an eight-week course at Harvard ­Business School in Boston at a cost of £50,000 and in 2018 Little expensed £1594.65 to fly to New York for Tartan Week.

In July 2022, expenses were lodged for a London trip including more than £2000 for staff accommodation at the Reform Club private members’ club.

Labour MSP Pam Duncan-Glancy has written to Little over plans to close its trade union education centre. For a number of years, the Trade Union Congress Education Centre has been housed at City of Glasgow College and operated through a partnership between college and TUC.

However, the college is now seeking to cut costs by closing the facility, which provides training courses for union representatives nationwide.

A college spokesperson said: “He receives a salary of approximately £166,000, with a modest, below-inflation increase of three per cent proposed. Following a routine review of contracts a 12-month notice period has since been agreed.

“Lecturers have been offered a consolidated pay rise of £5000 over three years, backdated to 1 September, 2022.”

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