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Seventh week of Glasgow council strike

by a Glasgow Unison shop steward
Issue No. 2139

The indefinite strike by 21 community service supervisors in the Unison union continues into its seventh week. The workers are fighting a single status pay deal that would mean some workers losing up to £2,000 a year and extend the working week by an extra day.

Strikers have kept up their morale by visiting workplaces and collecting money at local football matches.

Last week Glasgow City Unison branch committee agreed to request a formal industrial action ballot of the whole membership.

The council has stated it will no longer abide by the December 2006 agreement made with Unison, which said that no worker would lose any money under the single status review.

The council agreed this would be achieved by job re-design or retraining workers to take on more complex tasks.

It stated that it hoped to achieve this by April 2009, but also agreed protection for workers who remained in detriment would be extended beyond a three year deadline if necessary.

There is anger within the branch that the council has broken this agreement.

In April about 400 workers will now face pay cuts as their wage protection ends. One worker will lose about £9,000 a year, another £7,000 and many others over £1,000.

One Unison steward said, “We will be asking the 12,000 members who benefited from the pay review to take industrial action on behalf of those who lost out. We will be arguing this is what trade unionism is about – an injury to one is an injury to all.

“And we cannot let the council break agreements when they like. If they can do that over detriment today who knows what they will try and get away with tomorrow.”

It is important that in the lead up to the branch-wide ballot support is stepped up for the community service supervisors.

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Tue 17 Feb 2009, 18:16 GMT
Issue No. 2139
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