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All-out strike to hit Glasgow

Issue No. 2163

Around 1,300 council workers in Glasgow are set to begin an all-out strike on Monday of next week.

The strike will involve workers in the GMB, Unite and Unison unions from park and road maintenance and street lighting. Refuse workers and other groups based at the same depots are expected to refuse to cross picket lines.

The workers are angry at the Labour council’s attempts to impose a new work rota of four days on and four days off.

This is latest in a series of strikes in the city over the past couple of years.

The new rotas will mean staff working many weekends—and will cause problems for workers with family responsibilities.

The unions had planned to strike in June but postponed it after management backed down on deadlines for workers to sign new contracts.

Talks broke down after the council rejected a compromise from the GMB that would have guaranteed workers 36 weekends off a year.

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Tue 4 Aug 2009, 19:27 BST
Issue No. 2163
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