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BBC News Scotland Highlands & Islands Strike suspends ferry and schools
Strike suspends ferry and schools
Many schools on the Western Isles and in the Highlands are closed as a result of industrial action by council staff.
The walkout involves hundreds of employees of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highland Council.
Large schools on the islands are affected, while almost 50 primaries in the Highlands are shut to pupils.
Recycling centres are closed, refuse collections not being made, registration offices shut and Highland Council's Corran Ferry did not operate.
In the Highlands, 10 secondary schools are shut and eight are limiting classes to older year groups.
Nurseries are also affected and almost 50 primary schools are closed.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said its offices in Stornoway and Balivanich are closed.
Offices in Castlebay and Tarbert are open, but may be subject to limited services.
Many islands schools, particularly the larger ones, are closed due to a lack of support staff and disruption to local authority-run bus services.