MOST pupils at schools across Renfrewshire are off today as Unison members stage strike action.

Non-teaching staff in the likes of catering, cleaning, pupil support, administration and janitorial roles are downing tools as part of a pay dispute.

Renfrewshire Council confirmed that all of its primary schools and additional support needs schools are closed to children.

All council-run nursery classes based in a primary school are also shut, as well as Foxlea, Moorpark and Glenfield ELC Centres.

Most secondary schools are closed to all pupils, although Linwood High, St Benedict’s High, Gleniffer High and St Andrew’s Academy are open for those in S4, S5 and S6.

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Johanna Baxter, Unison Scotland’s head of local government, said: “The last thing we want is to cause disruption for pupils and parents, but school staff have been left with no other option.

“Workers are taking action because they want children to be educated in well-resourced, well-staffed schools and they want to start trying to reverse the years of under-investment in both the workforce and services.

“While no deal has yet been reached, we continue to have constructive dialogue with Cosla and we remain committed to resolving this dispute as soon as possible.”

Katie Hagmann, Cosla’s resources spokesperson, previously said it had put “an incredibly strong half a billion pound pay package on the table” and that the results of Unison’s strike ballot was “disappointing”.

“Offering almost 10% or a £2,006 pay increase for lowest-paid workers, which the unions asked for, and £1,929 or at least 5.5% for everyone else, is as far as local government can go without impacting service and jobs,” she said.