Scottish schools shut as teachers strike over pay

Scotland’s first national schools strike since the 1980s is taking place with a one-day walkout by teaching staff.

Pupils at nearly every primary and secondary school and many council nurseries are affected by the industrial action over pay.

A revised pay offer on Tuesday was rejected as “insulting” by unions.

But Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said their demands for a 10% pay rise were “unaffordable”.

A new pay offer from employer Cosla – which would have seen rises of up to 6.85% for the lowest paid – was fair, Ms Somerville said.

The EIS now represents about 80% of the country’s teachers and its actions are closing almost all primary, secondary and additional support needs schools.

Only a handful of primary schools in Orkney and Shetland will remain open.

Many early years learning centres and nurseries are also affected.

One teacher told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme she felt more teachers would have been persuaded to join the walk-out after…

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