UPDATED: The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) has confirmed they will not go on strike, following the offer of a new government pay deal.

The Advertiser can confirm that all primary and secondary schools in Clacks will be on strike as planned, despite the SSTA pulling out.


PARENTS are reminded that all primary and secondary schools across Clacks will close next week due to strike action.

All schools, with the exception of early learning centres, will close on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1.

Teachers will take to the picket lines as they fight for a 10 per cent pay rise from the Scottish Government.

Andrea Bradley, general secretary for the Educational Institute of Scotland, said: "Our members have again displayed their strong commitment to securing a fair pay settlement by turning out in large numbers on picket lines.

"The escalation of action, targeted at politicians with the ability to end this dispute, has been necessitated by the continuing refusal of the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) to offer Scotland’s teachers a fair deal.

"We are taking this action reluctantly, and with a heavy heart, but after more than a year of waiting for an acceptable pay offer, Scotland’s teachers have simply run out of patience.

"We want to see this dispute settled, and could call off further strike action immediately, if the Scottish Government and COSLA offer an acceptable pay deal.”

Schools are expected to open as normal on Thursday, March 2.