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Glasgow council workers prepare to strike

by a Unison Steward
Issue No. 2199

Workers plan to strike and shut Glasgow’s leading tourist attractions, libraries and sports centres on Friday of this week.

The action comes after bosses threatened job cuts if workers refused to accept a pay freeze, loss of public holidays and cuts to overtime rates. Workers face a pay cut of up to £1,500 a year.

Some 1,600 workers­—members of the Bectu, GMB, Unison and Unite unions—voted by 60 percent for strike action. They work for Culture and Sport Glasgow—an arms length agency owned by Glasgow city council. Bosses want to cut costs by £3.4million—leisure centre hours have already been cut.

At a mass meeting last week, workers called for action during the week of the general election unless council bosses back down.

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Tue 27 Apr 2010, 18:51 BST
Issue No. 2199
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