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Striking for our services in Glasgow council

by Jonathan Shafi
Issue No. 2201

A second strike by Culture Sport Glasgow workers paralysed the city’s arts and leisure sector on election day.

The workers, who face pay cuts of up to £1,500 a year, picketed over 50 workplaces despite being threatened with legal action.

The workers were forbidden from picketing polling stations, but threw their weight behind action at other workplaces.

Up to 15 strikers were on some picket lines, and the mood remained defiant.

The workers know that they could be in for a long battle, and are prepared to fight on.

Pickets told of their determination to defend the libraries, sports centres, museums and community centres they work in.

One said, “The management are wrecking the services. If they collapse it’ll be management’s fault, not ours.”


The strike sees joint action by Bectu, Unison, Unite and GMB union members.

A joint mass meeting this week was to discuss the strategy for the campaign.

Bosses have threatened job cuts if workers refuse to accept a pay freeze, loss of public holidays and cuts to overtime rates.

There have been a lot of public support for the strike. Drivers sounded their car horns as they passed the picket lines – and strikers cheered in response.

Other supporters petitioned shoppers in the city centre and raised solidarity money.

It is this kind of action that can save services under attack.

One picket told Socialist Worker, “The crisis is being used to attack us. Bosses might be surprised that we’ve decided to act, but what did they expect?

“Our livelihoods and the services we provide are at stake – we won’t just roll over.”

The strike sent a clear message to the next government, whenever one appears, that services are not for buying and selling.

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Tue 11 May 2010, 17:13 BST
Issue No. 2201
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