SCHOOLS will close and public services will grind to a halt as workers walk out in the biggest wave of strike action in generations on Wednesday.

Thousands of staff across East Dunbartonshire will join in a combined trade union battle to stop attacks on pensions.

Parents will be sent letters telling them that schools will close, and East Dunbartonshire Council will provide only emergency services during the stoppage.

Almost 30 unions - including industrial giants Unison, GMB and Unite - have balloted successfully to take part in the action which will affect the whole of the UK.

Teachers’ union the EIS will also take part, as will the headteachers’ union the Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland - the first time in their history they have ever gone on strike.

It will be the biggest co-ordinated strike action the country has seen since the General Strike in 1926 - an estimated 300,000 workers in Scotland and three million in the UK will walk out.

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