THE date for the school strike in Glasgow has been revealed by UNISON - with more to be announced soon.

Staff working in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, and Inverclyde councils will walk out on Wednesday, November 1 in a dispute over pay.

The date for West Dunbartonshire has not yet been confirmed.

This is the first part of a rolling programme of action that will take place over the forthcoming weeks, with further strike dates and other councils being announced in due course, say the union.

The move comes after workers represented by the union voted overwhelmingly to reject Cosla’s latest pay offer. More than 21,000 people took three days of strike action in September, resulting in the closure of 75% of Scotland’s schools.

Johanna Baxter, UNISON Scotland head of local government, said: “The strength of feeling amongst UNISON school staff, who voted overwhelmingly to reject Cosla’s latest pay offer, is clear for all to see. Both in terms of ballot votes and the number of people on picket lines across Scotland. “We’ve also seen a surge in UNISON membership. That’s a testament to the strength of local government workers’ resolve to continue their fight for fair pay.

“The union is committed to resolving this dispute as soon as possible. Cosla and the Scottish Government are urged to get back round the negotiating table to explore every avenue to reach a settlement and avoid further disruption for parents and students.”

Mark Ferguson, UNISON Scotland chair of the local government committee, said: “No one takes the decision to strike lightly.

“I’m a parent myself, so I understand the disruption strikes cause. But if wages don’t rise, school staff will leave for other jobs beyond education that pay significantly more. That would be a disaster and would help no one. “The current offer amounts to a real-terms pay cut and adds further stress to a dedicated workforce already suffering from the cost-of-living crisis.

“Cosla and the Scottish government need to give school staff a decent wage rise, fund any increase properly and commit to implementing a pay rate of £15 per hour for all local government workers.”