Scottish schools shut down due to teachers’ strike

Scottish schools shut down due to teachers' strike

EDINBURGH (dpa) – Classes for almost all students were canceled today due to a strike by teachers in Scotland. For the first time in nearly 40 years, teachers at primary and secondary schools and many community nurseries across the UK have walked out in protest against an “aggressive” rate proposal.

Only a few primary schools were open in the North Atlantic in Orkney and Shetland. Scotland’s Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville rejected a demand for a 10 per cent pay increase, reports the BBC. He said that the proposal for more salary up to 6.85 percent is justified.

Strikes are also currently taking place in many other areas of Great Britain. Employees of 150 universities are protesting against low wages, working conditions and pension cuts. Employees of postal service provider Royal Mail on Thursday again stopped work for several days. The railway union RMT has also announced a new strike several days before Christmas and immediately after the New Year. The strikers are demanding that their wages be increased according to rising inflation.

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