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Glasgow council workers’ strike still solid

by a Glasgow council Unison steward
Issue No. 2138

Striking community service supervisors have been collecting from other council workers (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Striking community service supervisors have been collecting from other council workers (Pic: Duncan Brown)


Some 21 community service supervisors employed by Glasgow council are now entering their sixth week of indefinite strike action over single status grading.

The workers are members of the Unison union. The regrading means that some workers have lost £2,000 a year. The council also wants them to work an extra day every week.

Other council workers and supporters joined a 100-strong lobby of the city chambers on Friday of last week.

Striker Donald MacNaughton thanked the crowd for their support adding “Our fight today is your fight tomorrow.”

He told the rally, “We have been all around Scotland and we have had the same tremendous support.

“Yesterday we were protesting at Holyrood and some MSPs are going to ask Glasgow council what they are doing.

“Next week we are going to Edinburgh and Dundee. We are going to give the message we won’t accept the way we have been treated.”

Discussions are taking place in social work workplaces about a possible escalation of the dispute. Other workers in criminal justice social work have been asked to support a voluntary overtime ban.

Although the number of strikers is relatively small this is a very important single status dispute.

The outcome will affect the confidence of other workers in the branch to fight over grading and against cuts.

Send messages of support and donations to Glasgow City Unison, 4 Floor, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1LH or email enquiries@glasgowcityunison.org.uk


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Tue 10 Feb 2009, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2138
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