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Glasgow daycare strikers have council on the run

by Penny Howard
Issue No. 2074

Glasgow day carers are continuing their all-out srike over pay (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Glasgow day carers are continuing their all-out srike over pay (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Day centre workers in Glasgow have entered their second week of all-out indefinite action over a job regrading process.

The strike by 220 workers in the Unison union continues to be solid. All ten day centres remained shut for the week, with 20 or 30 workers out on many of the picket lines.

Strikers at the Riddrie picket line turned away private contractors working on a council car park. There is a strong mood for unity among council workers.

One council roadsweeper visiting a picket line said, “The minute they threathened to cut anyone’s pay we should have all walked out!”

Strikers are angry about the single status process which has reduced the wages of the day centre workers and disregarded their qualifications.

The Labour-run council is also reducing workers’ pensions and services. It is proposing a slight increase in the wages of centre support workers, but despite this many are participating in the strike.

Strikers held a second demonstration on Friday of last week. It effectively trapped councillors inside their offices when the demonstration in front of the council chambers also moved to the back door.

The public and other unions have backed the strikers. Collections for the strike fund have been very successful.

Twenty people – including strikers, social care workers who struck in August, and students – collected £1,500 at the Rangers versus Celtic football match last Saturday.

Collections have taken place at other council workplaces, as well as at other events.

Sam McCartney, Unison day centre worker convenor, explained, “The council is showing a lack of interest in solving this dispute, and a lack of respect for us workers.

“They are treating the families of the people that use our services with contempt. They are playing politics with people’s lives.”

A meeting in defence of the service was set for Tuesday of this week.

A demonstration has been called for Friday of this week outside the council chambers at noon.

Send messages of support and donations to Unison, 4th floor, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow G2 4PF

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Tue 23 Oct 2007, 18:36 BST
Issue No. 2074
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