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Glasgow council’s use of anti-union laws backfires

Issue No. 2060

Glasgow City council’s attempts to use Tory anti-union laws has backfired.

Managers had hoped to use the law to intimidate 600 social care workers from a “work to rule” and stop solidarity action.

Now they face an indefinite strike by these workers from Monday – and social workers and other frontline workers will also be balloted.

Some 97 percent of social care workers – members of the Unison union – had earlier voted to work to their role profiles in response to downgrading in a single status review.

The union had also received an 87 percent yes vote from social care workers to strike if anyone was suspended for taking action.

As a result of legal threats from the council, the action was put on hold until last week’s mass meeting.

The 800-strong mass meeting made crucial decisions. First, a proposal to abandon action and wait until an appeal process was concluded received just a handful of votes.

Then there was loud cheering as social workers and other staff voted overwhelmingly to request a strike ballot. Social care workers then unanimously voted to strike next week.

One worker told the meeting, “I may be nervous, but I’m not bloody terrified”.

Social care workers are angry that despite being downgraded, management still expect them to work on complex cases.

Messages of support to Glasgow City Unison, fourth floor, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow G1 1LH.

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Tue 17 Jul 2007, 19:46 BST
Issue No. 2060
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