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Last Wednesday August 20th, 150,000 Scottish public sector workers from UNISON, UNITE and the GMB took unified action against a below-inflation pay offer of 2.5%. They were joined by PCS workers employed by the Scottish Parliament, who the SNP have also been trying to fob off with a real pay cut. Bins remained uncollected, council offices stayed closed, Caledonian MacBrayne ferries did not run. A thousand schools were closed across Scotland and, in some cases, teachers refused to cross picket lines.