Industrial Action By Teachers - 3 February 2023

As previously notified, members of the teaching unions AHDS, EIS, NASUWT and SSTA across the Western Isles will be undertaking a day of industrial action on Friday 3rd February as part of a rolling programme of strikes across Scotland.

The Comhairle regrets to inform parents and carers that this next day of industrial action will, again, cause disruption to the operation of many schools and nurseries across the Western Isles. Every effort is being made to open services where there is certainty that sufficient staff will be available to safely operate the provision.

The following schools and nurseries will be OPEN as normal on Friday 3rd February.


  • Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath


  • Balivanich Nursery
  • Castlebay Nursery
  • Daliburgh Nursery
  • Sgoil an Rubha Nursery
  • Sgoil an Taobh Siar Nursery
  • Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath Nursery (Saoghal Beag)
  • Stornoway Childcare Centre
  • Stornoway Primary Nursery
  • Tong Nursery

If your child’s school or nursery doesn’t appear on the above list, it will be CLOSED to all children.

Schools and nurseries that are open can only accept children from their own registers that are scheduled to attend on Friday. It will not be possible to accommodate children from closed centres at these locations.

National pay negotiations with trade unions are on-going and there remains a possibility that the action may be suspended or changed. If that happens, information will be provided to parents and carers via the Comhairle’s usual communication and social media channels.

If you are concerned about the safety or wellbeing of any child or young person during the day of industrial action, please contact Faire on 01851 701702.

For information, trade unions have confirmed that, should the pay dispute continue, the next strike days affecting Comhairle schools will be on Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1st March 2023. These dates are national strikes affecting all local authorities in Scotland on the same dates.