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11,000 in local government strike ballot

Issue No. 2143

Glasgow local government Unison union branch is to ballot its 11,000-strong membership for strike action.

The ballot is set to start on Friday of this week. The dispute was triggered because Glasgow council has broken its promises to extend pay protection beyond 1 April for those individuals who are losing out as a result of the single status pay and benefits review.

Unison members were also set to hold a lobby of Glasgow council at midday on Friday, the day the ballot begins, in support of 21 community service supervisors who are now entering their 11th week of indefinite strike action over regrading.

Despite the council’s failure to enter into meaningful talks with Unison, the strikers’ morale remains strong.

Over £400 was collected at the Celtic/Rangers cup final from both sets of supporters. Greater Glasgow and Clyde Unison health branch donated £1,000 to the strike fund at their recent Annual General Meeting and there was a £300 door collection.

The strikers have also spoken alongside workers from the occupied Prisme factory in Dundee.

Meanwhile, in a related pay review dispute, clerical and administrative workers in social work are being consulted about industrial action over the council’s refusal to award “work context” payments.

Send messages of support and donations for the community service strikers to Glasgow City Unison, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1LH or enquiries@glasgowcityunison.org.uk


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Tue 17 Mar 2009, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2143
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