A strike by residential care workers in Glasgow due to take place on Wednesday of this week was called off after workers in the Unison union voted to accept an improved offer from the council.
There was an attempt to tie a new pay grade to neoliberal “modernisation” plans being pushed through by the council. The council has agreed that residential care workers will get their increments dated from 1 April this year, rather than 1 September.
Despite this there are some concerns over the council’s future intentions over modernisation. And any job cuts and outsourcing will need to be vigorously fought.
The proposed indefinite strike would have shut down old people’s homes and children’s homes across Glasgow. Last week the council threatened to privatise residential services in the city if the strike went ahead.
There are many smaller disparate groups of Glasgow workers going through their appeal process against the council’s “single status” pay review.
So far the council has paid little attention to these appeals. But the lesson of the residential care workers’ dispute is that getting organised for strike action gets results.