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Glasgow strikers are in ‘vanguard’ of fight

by Jonathan Shafi
Issue No. 2200

Workers in Glasgow’s leisure services took to the picket lines on Friday of last week (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Workers in Glasgow’s leisure services took to the picket lines on Friday of last week (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Workers in Glasgow who face pay cuts of up to £1,500 a year shut down leisure facilities across the city on Friday of last week.

The action came after bosses threatened job cuts if workers refused to accept a pay freeze, loss of public holidays and cuts to overtime rates.

The mood on the picket lines was positive. Most strikers said they expected this to be the start of a much longer battle with implications for other public sector workers.

One picket told Socialist Worker, “This is not just about our rights – we are fighting for everybody. The economic downturn is being used to attack our services.”

Picket lines were set up outside scores of facilities.

Martin Doran from the GMB union told a lunchtime rally, “Culture and Sport [bosses] drew a line in the sand by rejecting our claims today.

“We have drawn our line in the sand too and there is now no middle ground.”


Unite union regional officer Jackson Cullinane said that millions of workers would be facing similar attacks after the election.

He told strikers, “You are not alone. You have fired the first salvo. You are in the vanguard of the fight for the rights of all those who’ll face similar attacks.

“We need to get the message out to the public. We need to build and broaden this with a public demonstration.”

A further strike was called for Thursday of this week – election day – and workers are planning to leaflet polling stations about the dispute. Twelve strikers signed up to be part of the Right to Work group, which has been raising money and support for the strike.

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Tue 4 May 2010, 18:46 BST
Issue No. 2200
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