Some 220 day centre workers in Glasgow began an indefinite strike on Tuesday of this week.
All ten day centres in the city were closed. There was a mass meeting and a spirited demonstration outside Glasgow City Chambers.
Many service users and their carers joined in the demonstration.
Workers are angry about the single status job regrading process which has taken money away from the day centre workers in order to slightly increase the wages of the support workers.
“I have done this job for 29 years and I have been told I will lose £5,500,” one striker said.
Another added, “The way the council has regraded us shows no regard for the training or qualifications we have, the service we provide, or the fact that we work with people who have challenging behaviour.
One woman explained, “They are bringing the wages down to the level of the private sector so we can be privatised. We already have employees from one private company, Mainline, working alongside us at the centre – and they are treated appallingly.”
A woman whose son uses the Southbrae centre explained she and her son came to the demonstration “to give our support it is going to be a long hard fight. It is ridiculous the way they are being treated.
“We rely on these centres, they are places of learning – they give my son confidence. He is among friends there, that’s his life. The powers that be have no idea – it is just money, money, money to them. People are capable of so much if they are given a chance.”
Send donations and messages of support to Unison, 4th floor, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow G2 4PF