Industrial action

UNISON have indicated their intention to take strike action on Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of September across Highland Council schools.

The Council’s intention is that schools will remain open to pupils and staff on strike days where it is safe to do so unless otherwise notified.

Letters have been sent to all Highland schools to inform them of the decision for their setting to remain open or closed. It is expected that 27 schools will remain open.

It is anticipated that there will be significantly reduced numbers of support staff in the remaining early learning and childcare, primary and secondary schools across Highland. The safe supervision of children and young people is of the utmost importance and therefore the decision has been taken to close all other schools, as notified by letter, to pupils.

This action is part of a national dispute regarding pay. The action involves all categories of school-based non-teaching staff including, Pupil Support Assistants, Early Years staff, Clerical and Admin staff, Catering, Cleaning and Facilities Management staff.

While the Council has been formally notified by UNISON of their intention to strike, if there are any developments at a national level, and if strike action is averted in schools, this will be notified through the usual school communication channels.

21 Sep 2023