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School Strike Action to go Ahead in Perth and Kinross After Pay Offer Rejected

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School strikes across Perth and Kinross will go ahead this week after talks involving the Scottish Government, council leaders and teaching unions failed to produce an improved deal.

As a result, the action planned in Perth and Kinross for tomorrow, Tuesday 17th of January, will go ahead as planned with all nurseries, primary and secondary schools including Fairview Special School closing.

Commenting on the rejected offer, EIS General Secretary Andrea Bradley said, “Despite their warm words over the past week, the Scottish Government and COSLA have again failed to come to the table with a new pay offer to Scotland’s teachers.

“Our members are not prepared to accept the repeatedly reheated sub-inflationary offer that has now been sitting around for six months, and that is neither fair nor affordable for teachers. In the absence of an improved offer, our members will continue with strike action from Monday of next week, in their struggle for fair pay.”

Schools across the country will close next week starting today in Glasgow and East Lothian, with the action continuing on a rolling basis with two authorities each day, between now and the 6th of February.

Any pupil in receipt of free school meals will receive the payments directly for the days which they are off, while school lets in Perth and Kinross will operate as normal during the strike action.

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