As we go to press (20 August 2008) a 24-hour strike action by local government workers, members of UNISON, UNITE, and the GMB is taking place.
The same day PCS members employed by the Scottish Government and Registers of Scotland, are staging a follow-up 24-hour strike.
Both strikes are about below-inflation pay offers for workers in the public sector.
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has offered local authority workers a three-year pay-deal, with pay going up by just 2.5% each year.
Scottish Ministers have offered for Scottish government employees just 2%.
These pay offers