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More strikes planned against attacks in Glasgow

Issue No. 2202

Workers at Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG) are planning two more days of strike action over pay and job cuts.

This follows a hugely successful strike on 6 May, the day of the general election.

Members of the Bectu, GMB, Unison and Unite unions agreed to step up their dispute at a mass meeting last week. They plan further strikes, an overtime ban and selected targeting of events to put pressure on management.

CSG is an arms length agency owned by Glasgow City Council. It runs the city’s museums, libraries, sport centres and swimming pools.

The dispute arose after bosses threatened job cuts if workers refused to accept a pay freeze, loss of public holidays and cuts to overtime rates. Some workers face wage cuts of up to £1,500 a year.

The employer has made no further offer of negotiations.

Union leaders at the meeting made clear that the strike had been a huge success.

A Bectu official said, “We hurt them and hurt them bad. We shut down most facilities. We either give up or dig in and go for the long haul.”

One worker said, “We need to engage now or they’ll go after our sick pay and our pensions.”

Many at the meeting called for union leaders to visit facilities to encourage all workers to take part in picketing and in mass meetings.

Workers in CSG will begin an overtime ban on Friday of this week. The strike dates had not been announced when Socialist Worker went to press though they are set to take place in May.

Some workers want more sustained and militant action to beat management.

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Tue 18 May 2010, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2202
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