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Glasgow council workers await ballot result

by Glasgow Unison steward
Issue No. 2148

Council workers in Glasgow were awaiting the results of a strike ballot over pay protection as Socialist Worker went to press.

Around 10,000 workers in the Glasgow City branch of the Unison union balloted over several hundred members who face big pay cuts after the council ended pay protection on 1 April. Now some face pay cuts of several thousand pounds.

Council bosses have reneged on the 2006 agreement with Unison that no one would lose out through the council’s single status review. The union called off a three-day strike after this agreement was made. The new ballot would lead to reinstatement of the 2006 action.

Community service supervisors who are already on indefinite strike are hoping for a yes vote in the branch ballot.

Their dispute is also over the single status deal and many of them are among those facing pay cuts.

Their strike is now in its 16th week and remains solid.

The strikers are angry at the council’s refusal to discuss the dispute seriously. One said, “We met with the council three weeks ago and they still haven’t responded. Its a disgrace not to respond in that time.”

In the past week, strikers have continued to build support and collect for their strike fund outside council buildings.

They held lobbies outside the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference, and the Scottish Labour conference. The strikers are planning to visit the Scottish TUC this week to raise support.

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


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Tue 21 Apr 2009, 18:29 BST
Issue No. 2148
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