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Most schools in Orkney were closed for three days, 26th, 27th and 28th of September as non teaching school staff, members of the trade union UNISON took industrial action after rejecting the latest pay offer from Local Authority organisation COSLA.
Non-teaching staff (office, catering, auxiliary, janitorial, early years, cleaning) who are absolutely critical to the smooth running of the school will walk out for three days aiming to achieve a fair pay settlement for all staff working at OIC and across Local Government in Scotland.
It looks like School strikes will go ahead on 26, 27 and 28 September.
Workers in Education and early years services across 10 councils in Scotland have voted for industrial action.
“COSLA sit on their hands they, and the Scottish government, are sleep walking towards a second year of industrial action.” said Johanna Baxter, UNISON, “No-one wants to see rubbish piling up on the streets again and schools threatening to close.”
A fresh pay offer has been put to Scotland’s Trade Unions representing the local authority workforce.
UNISON has confirmed that strike dates in waste and recycling, schools and early years, that have already been notified to the local authorities will continue as planned during the period of consultation.
Orkney looks set to face disruption to many of its council run services this autumn and winter. Council workers, members of trade unions have rejected the 2% pay offer from their employers.
“It locks in social care as a commodity in a market rather than a public service for citizens. In doing so it confirms profit from care as a founding principle of the National Care Service” Unison