Schools will close if Strike goes ahead

Schools in the Mearns and Kincardine area will be forced to close if the planned teachers strikes go ahead on November 30.

This comes as Aberdeenshire Council has announced that it will have to close all of it’s Schools if the planned action goes ahead.

Aberdeenshire Council said it had taken the decision at an early stage “in order to give parents adequate time to put in place alternative arrangements for child care”.

Chief executive Colin Mackenzie said: “We apologise for the disruption and do not take the decision to shut our schools lightly. However, our highest priority is for the safety of children and with such widespread disruption expected, it is better to give parents time to make alternative arrangements for the day.“

The decision will affect all of the authority’s 151 primary school and 17 secondary schools as well as its 88 nurseries and four special schools.

Some schools may still be open for teachers and support staff not taking industrial action and community and voluntary groups who have bookings at schools or any community facilities on November 30 have been advised to “expect disruption and to consider making alternative plans”.

A council spokeswoman said: “Community and voluntary groups who have bookings in schools whose facilities management is not provided by Aberdeenshire Council should have those honoured, but in common with other schools in Aberdeenshire they will be closed to pupils.

“These are Meldrum Academy, Portlethen Academy, Banff Primary School, Hill of Banchory School, Kintore School, Longside School, Meldrum Primary School, Rosehearty School and Rothienorman School.

“Members of the public may experience some disruption across all Aberdeenshire Council services. Further information will be made available on the council’s website and through the local media over the next week.”

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) and the Educational Institute of Scotland - the country’s largest teaching union - have both voted to join the strike on November 30.

They oppose plans to force teachers to work longer and pay more into, but receive less from, their pensions.

If the planned strikes on November 30 go ahead then the teachers will join a number of other Unions for a “Nationwide day of action.”