Hundreds of council workers in Dundee walked out unofficially today when their management reneged on a temporary worker agreement. The workers include the council’s joiners, painters, plumbers, scaffolders and others who carry out essential work in the city.
Unions and management had an agreement that temporary workers would be automatically made permanent after two years in employment. Bosses now want to increase this to four years.
Workers in the Unite, Unison and Ucatt unions held a 300-strong meeting this morning at which they overwhelmingly voted to walk-out against these plans.
“Management reneging on our agreement is unacceptable,” Steve Geekie, the convenor of the joint shop stewards committee for the workers, told Socialist Worker. “After the vote, we went up to the gate and picketed for a couple of hours. No work was done today.
“We’re returning to work tomorrow, but we have a meeting with management in the afternoon and we’ll see what they have to say. But we gave them a bloody nose today.”