The Argyll and Bute branch narrowly missed on meeting the threshold to take strike action. We thank all our members who voted and will work to ensure a greater turn out next time round.

Congratulations to the 24 Local Government branches across Scotland who will be striking, we stand in solidarity with you. It is the largest ever vote for strike action by school staff in Scotland and will mean mass closures across the country.

UNISON balloted school staff working for every council in Scotland over the 5% pay offer from employer body Cosla. The workers were due a pay rise in April. They have also been offered an additional increase dependent on salary from January 2024 for all local government workers.

UNISON Scotland’s local government committee will meet next week to take the next steps to prepare for industrial action, which is likely to take place in early autumn.

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