School and early years workers—vote to strike now!

Vote now to fight for a fair pay deal for council workers

Yesterday (19 June) Unite began sending out ballots to all members in schools and early years across Scotland to ask if you will strike over pay.

The current pay offer is a significant real terms pay cut, as inflation (RPI) remains well above 10%, with food inflation around 20%. Year after year of real terms pay cuts devalues jobs by driving down the spending power you have, and in turn your quality of life. A job in which you could be comfortable 10 years ago, may see you on the breadline now. We know that this is the case for many members—and the only way to change this is to fight back.

Last year, workers in Waste and Cleansing fought on behalf of all Council workers. As a result, we got the Scottish Government to the negotiating table and achieved an award worth an additional £600m. This put, on average, an extra £1,500 in the pocket of each Edinburgh Council worker.

This year school workers are fighting for your pay.

Cleaners at Leith Academy are ready to fight back!

If you work in a school and are Council staff…

Watch your letterbox for the ballot! This is a postal ballot only. Please return your ballot as soon as you receive it.

It is crucial that all members that receive a ballot return it.

If you have not received your ballot by 3 July, contact your branch officials:

  • Brian Robertson,, 0749 359 7149‬
  • Graeme Smith,, 0771 948 1092

Keep an eye on this website, as we will be posting details here when they arise.

Read our guide to going on strike for details of what to expect.

The ballot closes on 31 July.

If you work in a school but are agency staff or work for Amey or Mitie…

Get in touch with a branch official.

You will not be balloted and are not on strike, but may be affected when the strike comes.

If you work elsewhere in the Council…

Remember, school workers are striking on behalf of all council workers.

The greater the support for the strike, the better the impact, the quicker it can come to an end and it can achieve its aims. Talk to your colleagues about what is happening and share posts from this website. Consider ways to support the strike.

Facilities Management at Castlebrae High are ready to strike!
Workers at Holyrood High are ready to fight for fair pay!

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