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Protests grow over cuts at Falkirk council

Issue No. 2038

More than 1,000 workers went on strike last Friday against pay cuts of over £1,500 a year for some of the lowest paid staff at Falkirk council, Scotland.

Workers in the GMB and T&G unions are opposing the Scottish National Party run council’s move to impose its single status contract on staff.

Cavalier

Alex McLuckie, senior organiser for GMB Scotland, said, “Workers are showing Falkirk council that they will not be treated in this cavalier manner.

“The council must take notice of the strength of feeling over the imposition of these cut rate contracts that cause large cuts in pay for many workers and inferior terms and conditions for all employees.”

Scott Foley, T&G regional industrial organiser, said the council’s decision not to pay premium rates at weekends means home care staff now stand to lose over £1,500 a a year.

“The imposed cuts are draconian,” he said.

“This group of staff, predominantly women who provide an essential service but are on some of the lowest pay rates, have been hit particularly hard.”

The industrial action hit the council’s care homes as well as the street cleaning and rubbish collection services.

Scott Foley said, “This whole scenario at Falkirk is like robbing Peter to pay Paul then taking the money out of Paul’s back pocket.

“Our members are angry that they are facing imposed changes and angry that their commitment is being taken for granted.”

Members of the Unison union were not called out on strike.


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