Schools could close in East Dunbartonshire

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SCHOOLS may be forced to close next Wednesday (November 30) as support for a public services strike gathers momentum.

Primary school head teachers and deputies last week became the latest group to announce they will take part in a day of action over proposed pension changes.

It is the first time the Association of Headteachers and Deputes has balloted for industrial action since it was formed 36 years ago.

They will join striking teachers and lecturers from Scotland’s EIS education union - who had previously voted in favour of the mass walkout.

Teachers say that the British Government’s plans will force them to work longer and contribute a greater amount of money for a lesser pension on retirement.

Council chiefs told parents they would be keeping them up-to-date with details of how the strikes will impact on services.

A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council said: “Once any strikes have been firmly announced we will put the details up on our website.

“We will do all we can to minimise any disruption and keep parents informed.”

Glasgow City Council officers also advised parents to check the council’s website for the latest details.

Ann Davie, East Dunbartonshire Council’s head of customer relations and organisational development, said: “As yet no trades union has formally confirmed that a one day strike will take place on 30 November.

“However, given the various ballot results now confirmed nationally, we believe strike action is extremely likely and the council is currently preparing for this.

“Whilst it is too early to be definitive, through our education service we will be writing to parents shortly to provide them with early warning that schools may be disrupted on that day.

“Contingency arrangements for all services across the council are in development and further discussions with our trades union colleagues are scheduled, but we will ensure that information about all affected services is provided as early as possible. Further updates on the situation will also be available through the council’s website.”

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