SOME 600 workers at the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) held a three-hour strike on Thursday of last week over pay. Alan Denny, national officer in Scotland for the workers' Prospect union, said, 'The membership is rock solid. Over 300 people attended meetings across the country.'
The workers have not been offered a pay rise. 'If management offer zero percent, we've got zero tolerance of them,' said Joy Gladstone, Prospect convenor of the SAC West of Scotland branch.
'Pickets stopped about 60 vans and turned people away. We're striking against the management's style and attitude behind the offer. They've said, 'That's it, it's non-negotiable.' We have had a lot of staff redundancies. There were 1,300 workers in the SAC six years ago-now we're down to 950. That means we've all taken on new responsibilities.'
Workers are planning another three-hour strike on Wednesday of next week.