Strike Resumes After Summer Hiatus

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School and nursery staff in nine Scottish council areas will go on strike for three days next month in a row over pay, it has been confirmed.

 

Unison and the GMB said their members will strike on 6, 7 and 8 September after talks with council body Cosla failed to reach an agreement.

 

School and early years staff will join waste and recycling workers who have already started strike action.

 

Unison said a total of 13,000 members would be involved.

 

The strike action will see schools, early years centres and nurseries disrupted in Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Orkney Islands, Perthshire & Kinross, Scottish Borders and West Dunbartonshire.

 

Unison regional organiser Mike Kirby said: “Our members have been left with no choice but to take this action.

 

“They are angry and frustrated at the way they have been treated by Cosla and the Scottish government.”

 

GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith said: “This dispute is entirely avoidable and could be settled tomorrow if Cosla would only get back around the negotiating table and make a fair offer to our members.”

 

A Cosla spokesman said: “It is extremely disappointing that Unison and GMB have rejected our revised pay offer and intend to proceed with industrial action.”

 

The strike action will see schools, early years centres and nurseries disrupted in Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Orkney Islands, Perthshire & Kinross, Scottish Borders and West Dunbartonshire.

 

Unison regional organiser Mike Kirby said: “Our members have been left with no choice but to take this action.

 

“They are angry and frustrated at the way they have been treated by Cosla and the Scottish government.”

 

GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith said: “This dispute is entirely avoidable and could be settled tomorrow if Cosla would only get back around the negotiating table and make a fair offer to our members.”

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A Cosla spokesman said: “It is extremely disappointing that Unison and GMB have rejected our revised pay offer and intend to proceed with industrial action.”

 

The three-day strike action will take place from 6-8 September. School and early years staff will join waste and recycling workers who have already started strike action. Unison said a total of 13,000 members would be involved in the industrial action. This will result in disruptions to schools, early years centres and nurseries in the following council areas: Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Orkney Islands, Perthshire & Kinross, Scottish Borders and West Dunbartonshire.

 

Unison regional organiser Mike Kirby stated that “our members have been left with no choice but to take this action” and that they are “angry and frustrated at the way they have been treated by Cosla and the Scottish government”. GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith said that the dispute is “entirely avoidable” and could be settled if Cosla would return to the negotiating table and make a “fair offer” to their members.

 

A Cosla spokesman responded saying that it is “extremely disappointing” that Unison and GMB have rejected their revised pay offer and are proceeding with industrial action.

 

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