Workers in Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG) are striking on Friday, 30 April, in a dispute over a wage cut of up to 10 percent for almost 200 workers, a pay freeze for all other workers and cuts in public holidays and overtime rates.
All the trade unions in CSG are united in their opposition to the attacks on their members' pay and conditions. Workers in the sections involved – libraries, sports centres, museums and community centres – don't want to hit the public. But they know that if they don't fight these services will be hammered.
CSG was established at “arms length” from Glasgow city council to obtain a tax advantage, to draw in private money and grants from charitable trusts.
It has failed to live up to the promise. Ultimately the standard of service which the public will receive will be affected if workers wages and conditions are cut.
Public services workers, many low paid, should not have to pay for the failures of CSG and Glasgow City Council. Working people in general should not be asked to pay for the bail out of the bankers.
It is important that all trade unionists and working people stand together at this time.
Please support the strikers by sending protest letters to Bridget McConnell, CSG Chief Executive, 20 Trongate or to firstname.lastname@example.org and to Glasgow City Councillor Liz Cameron, Chair CSG Board, 20 Trongate or to email@example.com. Messages of support to the strikers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the UNISON Branch, 18 Albion Street, G1 1LH