Scottish Government must step up to the plate to avert school closures

Responding to Jenny Gilruth's interview on Good Morning Scotland and the prospect of council strikes which could lead to school closures in a series of local authorities across Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:  

“This is the largest industrial action amongst council workers for over a decade. Yet the response from the Scottish Government is to play blame games and point the finger. Jenny Gilruth had an absolute mare trying to explain why she expects the UK government to intervene to end rail strikes, yet claiming her government has no responsibility for council workers heading for picket lines.

"There is an simple explanation for why these strikes are being called - years of SNP/Green cuts to local authority budgets. These cuts have meant tough times for waste and recycling staff and now with the cost-of-living crisis biting they are at their wit's end."

“Any single day of a child’s education lost is nothing short of a travesty. Children's interests have been sorely neglected over several years of a devastating pandemic.  

“The responsibility for these strikes lies squarely with the SNP/Green government. They need to step up to the plate and sort it out.”

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