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Glasgow council hit by all-out strike against single status

by a social work Unison steward
Issue No. 2061

Lively pickets were out in force as 600 social care workers in Glasgow started an indefinite strike on Tuesday. The mood was very confident as up to 30 strikers joined each picket line across the city.

The workers had been downgraded in the council's single status review. Glasgow council has attempted to use Tory anti-union laws to intimidate the 600 social care workers from their 'work to rule' and to prevent solidarity action.

Now they face an indefinite strike by these workers. Strikers are angry at downgrading as the result of the single staus pay agreement that leaves many of them £1,000 worse off.

Some 1,000 social workers, practice team leaders, operations managers and other social work staff are due to start balloting this week for indefinite strike action.

One social worker told Socialist Worker, 'This is the next crucial stage in the dispute.'

The striking care workers are currently receiving only £15 a day strike pay. Collections and donations in solidarity will be vital to keeping the dispute going.

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Tue 24 Jul 2007, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2061
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