Are schools in my area now open next week after two unions suspend strikes?

Unite and GMB unions have suspended industrial action but widespread closures still likely due to Unison walkout.

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Two trade unions have confirmed they will suspend strike action at schools and ballot members on an improved pay offer from the body that represents Scottish councils.

Unite and GMB said on Friday they have suspended strikes by staff including cleaners and janitors due to take place next week in schools in Scotland after Cosla offered an increased wage rise.

But widespread school closures are still likely across the country after Unison, the largest trade union, said it would consult with members, but recommended they reject the offer.

Many councils have updated their contingency plans following Friday’s announcements by Unite and GMB.

Here is the latest situation across the country:


Aberdeen City Council said it is “highly likely” that schools and childcare centres will be forced to return to remote learning over the three-day strike.


Aberdeenshire Council said it is hoping to keep as many schools open as possible.

It said strikes will affect each school differently and head teachers will let parents know whether their school will remain open.


Most schools closed, but some primary schools open.

Schools and early years centres across Angus will be impacted by strikes on September 26, 26 and 28.

All secondary schools in the area will be shut, the council said.

The full list of early learning centres and primary schools affected can be found here.


All mainstream secondary schools will remain open during the strike days, but all specialist provisions will close. The majority of early learning centres will also close.

A spokesperson for Clackmannanshire Council said: “We have made arrangements in light of the industrial action on September 26, 27 and 28 whereby a small number of establishments will remain open.

“All schools and early learning centres have contacted families directly to share details of these arrangements.”

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

All primary and secondary schools will be closed to all pupils.

Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries Academy will close, apart from S5 and S6. The school will be closed for pupils in S1-S4.


Following the suspension of industrial action by both the GMB and Unite unions, Dundee City Council is now working to open as many of its educational establishments as possible next week during planned strike days.

However, seven nurseries in the city will remain open, with the full list available here.

East Dunbartonshire

  • East Dunbartonshire Early Years Centres will be closed – with the exception of Auchinairn, Cleddens and Oakburn.
  • Our ASN school Woodland View will be closed to pupils with the exception of those in S4, S5 and S6. Pupils in these three years can attend school as normal.
  • All our Primary and Secondary Schools will open as normal.

East Renfrewshire

Schools and nurseries will be closed on the days that Unison members are going on strike – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


All schools and nurseries in Edinburgh will close due to the Unison strikes.


All early learning and childcare centres, schools and all specialist additional support needs facilities, specialist provision classes and secondary additional support centres will be open as normal.


All schools in Fife will close with the following services impacted: primary school, secondary schools, special schools, nurseries, early learning and family nurture centres, additional support needs units, childcare services and pupil support services.

All services should return to normal by Friday.


All nurseries, primaries and additional support for learning (ASL) schools will be closed on September 26, 27 and 28.

Secondary schools will open to S4-S6 pupils, except for the Glasgow Gaelic School.

A letter, sent out to parents and guardians, can be found here.


“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,” a spokesperson said.

“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.”


All council-run nurseries and schools in Inverclyde will be closed for the three-day strike except a small number of standalone family centres who staff were not balloted.


Midlothian Council confirmed schools in the area would not be closing for the three-day strike.


It’s likely some nurseries and schools in the area will be forced to close. Headteachers will alert parents which schools are affected nearer the time, the council said.

Remote learning will be in place for schools affected while the council conducts “dynamic risk assessments”.

A full statement from Moray Council can be found here.

North Ayrshire

North Ayrshire Council confirmed schools in the area will be closing for the three-day strike.

North Lanarkshire

Schools in North Lanarkshire will open as normal after Unite cancelled their planned strike action.


The majority of schools and nurseries will be closed on the strike days.

The schools that are open can be found here.

Perth and Kinross

Crieff High School, Kinross High School and Perth Academy will open as normal, as will 28 primary schools.

A full list of those impacted can be found here.


A large number of schools across Renfrewshire will be closed for strike action from Tuesday, September 26 with services returning to normal by the Friday.

A full list of schools impacted can be found here.


The majority of schools in Shetland will be closed to pupils over the three-day strike.

The council said parents and carers will be contacted with more details.

A full list of the schools closing can be found here.

South Ayrshire

All South Ayrshire primary and secondary schools, along with Invergarven School and Southcraig Campus, will remain closed.

Wallacetown, Cherry Tree and Space Place Early Years Centres will now be open.

All schools and early learning centres in South Ayrshire will close for three days from Tuesday.

“We understand the impact this late notice will have on parent’s and carer’s childcare arrangements,” the council said.

“Unfortunately, this change in the availability of staff on the days of industrial action is outwith our control.”

South Lanarkshire

All schools in South Lanarkshire will be closed from September 26 to September 28.

Some standalone nurseries will be the only South Lanarkshire establishments open on strike days.


Most schools will be closed, although some will be open or partially open to pupils.

West Dunbartonshire

All schools – including additional support needs schools and early learning and childcare centres attached to schools – will be closed.

A small number of standalone ELCCs will remain open. Those are:

  • Andrew B Cameron
    Auchnacraig ELCC
    Lennox Faifley
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