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Unrest hits Scottish voluntary sector

Issue No. 2046

Hundreds of charity workers from a range of organisations are looking to strike as unrest hits the Scottish voluntary sector.

Around 70 workers at the Glasgow Association of Mental Health (GAMH) are being consulted by the Unison union over industrial action.

Cornerstone Community Care in Aberdeen has already said it will stop providing support at home and in

the community for 60 vulnerable adults after losing funding.


Unison has issued ballot papers to hundreds of staff employed by the Quarriers group, which is based in Renfrewshire.

According to Unison some workforces have not had a pay rise since the spring of 2005.

Simon Macfarlane, Unison regional officer, said salary increases were not in line with the cost of living, and added, “Wage rises of a few pence an hour will not address the low pay staff face.”

The result of the consultative ballot of staff at GAMH is due later this month.

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Tue 10 Apr 2007, 18:35 BST
Issue No. 2046
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