On September 6, 7 and 8 union members in nine Scottish council areas will walk out in a row over pay.
A total of 13,000 staff who are a part of Unison are expected to be involved in the industrial action.’
Workers including school catering staff, cleaners, caretakers, teaching assistants and early years practitioners will take action after being offered a five percent pay rise from councils.
They say the amount fails to cover the rise of inflation, with prices increasing by 10.2 percent over the past 12 months.
The union has laid the blame at the feet of the SNP-led Scottish Government, accusing Nicola Sturgeon’s ministers of “dragging their heels” over a pay offer.
Johanna Baxter, Unison Scotland’s head of local government, she: “So far we have only had an offer of talks – we have not had a pay offer.
“Until we can explain to Unison members how a pay offer might impact on them, council workers have been left with no choice but to strike.”
Schools, early years centres and nurseries in Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Orkney, North Lanarkshire, Stirling and South Lanarkshire will all be impacted.
It is the latest dispute between workers and councils in Scotland after bin workers in Edinburgh walked out last week over their own pay offer.
Cammy Day, leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, said his administration was “continuing to push hard for a resolution as quickly as possible”.
But he added: “We also need to carry on pressing the Scottish Government to give us more flexibility on how we use our resources and as well as providing fairer funding for our services.”
The Scottish Government have tried to distance itself from the disputes and suggested that it is for councils and unions to come to a compromise on pay rises.
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “We urge local authority and union representatives to come to an agreement to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.
“The Scottish Government is treating councils fairly and providing a real terms increase of 6.3 percent to local authority budgets this year, as well as providing an extra £140million of funding on a recurring basis to support a higher pay award for council staff.”
More to follow…