Renfrewshire Council has provided an update on school strikes that are set to go ahead next week.

We previously reported how Unison and GMB rejected the latest pay offer put to unions on Wednesday by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla).

Julie Calder, head of education and interim chief education officer at Renfrewshire Council, has now confirmed that schools and most nurseries will close on September 26, 27 and 28.

She said: "While the strike does not involve teachers, it does involve staff who are vital to the safe and effective operation of a school or nursery, including support staff and catering, cleaning and janitorial staff.

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"The nurseries that will be closed are all council-run nursery classes based in primary schools, and Foxlea, Moorpark and Glenfield ELC Centres."

A total of 12 standalone nurseries will operate as normal, with funded private nurseries and childminders to also remain unaffected.

Ms Calder added: "School work for children and young people to complete at home on strike days will be arranged by schools. Your child's school will be in touch with more details in due course.

"All schools and nurseries will be open on Friday, September 29 as normal.

"While the council has been formally notified by trade unions of their intention to strike, there is also the possibility that through ongoing negotiations the strike may not take place. We will update you if the position changes."

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On Wednesday, Cosla said it would provide at least a £1,929 increase in annual salary for workers by January 1, 2024.

But the offer has been dismissed as "far too little, far too late" by GMB.

The union, which represents more than 21,000 workers across Scotland's 32 councils, said strikes involving cleaning, janitorial, catering and pupil support will now go ahead without a revised offer and urged ministers to intervene.

Scotland's largest public sector union, Unison, also rejected the pay deal which it claimed was an increase of just £0.01 per hour or 0.17% on the previous offer.

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