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Scottish Education staff vote to strike in 10 council areas

Scottish Staff working in education in 10 Scottish councils have voted for strike action over pay.

Unite union has confirmed that its council members will take targeted industrial action when schools resume after the summer break.

Council body Cosla said the strong offer raised the local government living wage by 99p to £11.84 per hour.

The development follows talks with Cosla last week where no improved pay offer was put on the table.

The current 5% offer for 2023 was rejected by 84% in a consultative ballot held by Unite in May. The current rate of broader inflation (RPI) stands at 10.7%.

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Unite has also called for First Minister Humza Yousaf to intervene directly in the pay dispute following what it describes as a collapse in negotiations.

The trade union has repeatedly criticised Cosla for failing to approach the Scottish government to financially support a fairer pay offer for council workers, saying that both bodies are in danger of repeating the same mistakes of last summer’s pay dispute.

Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham said the message for both the Scottish government and Cosla is loud and clear.

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