Glasgow school support staff protested in the city centre on November 1 as they continued their strike over low pay.

Unison members across Scotland walked out on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of schools to close after members voted overwhelmingly to reject Cosla's latest pay offer

Schools from the Glasgow City, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, and Inverclyde areas have been affected by the industrial action today, with more strikes to come. 

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The next day of action is Wednesday, November 8, when a further four council areas will be impacted. That includes South Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Edinburgh, and Fife.

And another walkout has been announced for November 15, when staff from Angus, Dundee City, Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross and Stirling will strike. 

Unison Scotland’s head of local government Johanna Baxter said: “Despite our repeated calls for Cosla and the Scottish government to get back round the table for meaningful discussions we have had no invitations to even exploratory talks.

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“The union is committed to reaching a resolution to this dispute as soon as possible. And there is still time for Cosla and the Scottish government to get back round the negotiating table to explore every avenue to reaching a negotiated settlement and avoid further disruption for parents and students.

“The strength of feeling amongst Unison’s 91,000 local government members, who voted overwhelmingly to reject Cosla’s latest pay offer, is clear. They are determined to continue to fight to get an improved pay offer.”

The revised Cosla offer represents a minimum increase of £2,006 for workers on the Scottish local government living wage, and a minimum of £1,929 for those above the rate.

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But Unison argues this would equate to a real terms pay cut for low paid school staff. 

Katie Hagmann, Cosla’s resources spokesperson, previously said it had put “an incredibly strong half a billion pound pay package on the table” and the results of Unison’s strike ballot was “disappointing”.

She said: “Offering almost 10%t or a £2,006 pay increase for lowest-paid workers, which the unions asked for, and £1,929 or at least 5.5% for everyone else, is as far as local government can go without impacting service and jobs."