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Glasgow council indefinite strike solid

by a Glasgow City Council Unison steward
Issue No. 2134

Some 21 community service superisors in Glasgow in the Unison union have begun their second week of indefinite strike action.

The workers are protesting over their single status pay and benefits review grading.

On Monday strikers and supporters lobbied Glasgow city chambers.

Brian Smith, social work stewards secretary addressed the rally.

“The workers were given a pay cut in the pay review two years ago when the initial role profiles were given out,” he said.

“The service the workers deliver is an alternative to prison. This morning Glasgow city council informed every social work office that community service will be suspended for a fortnight. The strike is having an impact.”

A striking supervisor said, “We say to Glasgow city council come and negotiate with us. We are not asking for a lot, we are just asking for fair pay. Glasgow city council is trying to bully us and starve us back to work. We are asking you for your continued moral and financial support.”

Messages of support have been recieved from local Unite and NUJ union branches and from Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS union.

Several strikers joined the Palestine demonstration in Edinburgh last Saturday as part of a branch delegation.

Send messages of support and donations to Glasgow city Unison, 4 Floor, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1LH or email [email protected]

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Tue 13 Jan 2009, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2134
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