Tens of thousands of council workers are on strike in Scotland today (20 August) in a row over pay.
Members of the Unison, GMB and Unite unions have walked out over a below-inflation three-year pay offer from the council employers.
The 24-hour strike is likely to affect all council services, including schools, environmental, housing and residential care.
The local government umbrella group Cosla said councils could not afford to increase the 2.5% pay offer.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “I think it’s a disgrace that Scotland’s hard-working public sector workers are being singled out for a pay cut. The employers must heed the voice of their own workforce and get back round the negotiating table to settle this dispute.”
Local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland staged a 48-hour strike in July over a one-year 2.45% pay offer.
A second strike by Scottish government civil servants with the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union is also taking place.