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Thirty nine Nursery classes across Highland will be affected when 65 Nursery workers intend withdrawing their labour on Wednesday 21st May.   Approximately 975 pupils will lose a pre-school session on this day.

These are the likely impacts of strike action on Wednesday 21st May by Unison members employed by The Highland Council as nursery assistants and auxiliaries.

Bruce Robertson, The Highland Council’s Director of Education, Culture and Sport said: “Headteachers will advise parents affected by the strike by letter over the next few days but overall the classes involved are:

Caithness: Hillhead, Pulteneytown, Mount Pleasant and South Nurseries.

Sutherland: Bonar Bridge, Bonar Bridge Gaelic Medium, Brora, Dornoch, Gledfield, Helmsdale Nurseries.

Inverness: Central English Medium, Dalneigh, Duncan Forbes, Hilton, Lochardil, St. Joseph’s, and Tomnacross Nurseries.

Nairn: Rosebank Nursery.

Badenoch & Strathspey: Grantown on Spey Nursery (morning only)

Lochaber: Ballachulish, Caol, Spean Bridge (morning only), St Brides, Inverlochy, Fort William RC English Medium, Fort William RC Gaelic Medium Nurseries.

Skye & Lochalsh: Auchtertyre, Carbost, Kyle Nurseries.

Ross & Cromarty: Conon Bridge (afternoon only), Coulhill, Craighill English Medium, Hilton of Cadboll, Maryburgh, Milton, Obsdale, Tarbat Old, and Tarradale Nurseries. Ullapool English Medium is also likely to be closed but has not confirmed yet.

These closures represent one quarter of all Highland Council’s 152 nurseries.