Moray set for further school strikes after Unison members reject pay offer
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MORAY is set for further school strikes amid a dispute over pay.
Unison announced today that its members will be taking part in a rolling programme of strike action in schools across the country in the coming weeks.
Moray Council is one of 24 local authority areas to secure a mandate for industrial action in schools and early years establishments with dates set to be announced in the coming days.
The news comes after Unison members voted overwhelmingly to reject Cosla’s pay offer, with nine in ten workers (89.92 per cent) voting against the offer in a consultative ballot.
Lilian Macer, Unison's Scottish secretary, said: “No one takes industrial action lightly. It’s a very difficult decision for anyone, but as much as this is about pay, it’s also about standing up for local services.
"The school staff taking part in strike action support children in school every day of the year, and many are parents with school-age children too.
"Workers are taking action because they want children to be educated in well-resourced, well-staffed schools.
"They want to start trying to reverse years of cuts and under-investment in the workforce and services.
“No one wants to cause disruption for pupils and parents, but school staff have been left with no other option."
A Moray Council spokesperson said: “Our teams will assess the situation and advise schools, ELC settings, parents and carers of any implications as soon as is practicably possible.”