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Around 6000 teachers across Lanarkshire were on strike today over pay disputes.Every school in the area was closed for the first Scottish Teachers’ Pay strike in four decades.Scotland’s biggest union of teachers, Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), took industrial action in pursuit of a 10 per cent pay rise.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android A proposal of 6.85 per cent was made from Cosla, but this is still below the unions’ desired increase of ten per cent.EIS teachers in Lanarkshire were enthusiastic about striking, with picket lines in place outside schools as well as a huge turnout at regional pay rallies.Leanne Whiteford, EIS representative at Greenburn ASN School in East Kilbride, said: “We are supporting all teachers out on strike today and trying to ensure fair pay for all across the board.“What we are being offered doesn’t reflect what is now being asked of us.“We have had a lot of support from people going past, beeping their horns – there has been lots of toots of support – as well as from parents and grandparents walking by too.”EIS picket lines across Lanarkshire, and Scotland, received strong support from parents and the public, with many turning out to show their support for teachers.Commenting, EIS General Secretary Andrea Bradley said: “EIS members across Scotland have

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