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Glasgow council strike enters fourth week

Issue No. 2136

Some 21 community service supervisors employed by Glasgow council are in their fourth week of indefinite strike action.

The workers, members of the Unison union, are in dispute over the council’s single status regrading review.

Striker Donald McNaughton told Socialist Worker, “Our action is 100 percent solid.

“There’s been no movement so far from management so we are stepping up our campaign.

“We are asking other colleagues in Glasgow to write to their councillors to ask them to put pressure on to get this dispute sorted out. We are going to the Sheriff court to protest and to publicise our dispute on Thursday of this week.”

The workers supervise the work placements of people sentenced to community service by the courts.

Their work helps to keep people out of prison.

Donald said, “The council tries to portray us as working with minor offenders – but we do a very skilled job, often with people with serious offences or mental health problems. It is a very specialist job.

“We are expected to use our skills, but we are not paid for them.

“The collections and donations make a big difference – the council obviously hoped that they could starve us back to work.”

Send donations and messages of support to Glasgow City Unison office, 18 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1LH

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Tue 27 Jan 2009, 18:47 GMT
Issue No. 2136
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