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Council workers' strike in Stirling and Brighton

Issue No. 2368

Workers at Stirling council in central Scotland struck against a 4.5 percent pay cut on Monday of this week. 

The workers’ Unison union reported good support. And management attempts to sabotage the strike fell foul of workers’ solidarity. They tried to move council vehicles overnight ahead of the strike—but GMB union members refused to take part in the scabbing operation.

Raymie Kiernan

 ‘Crunch time’ on Brighton golf courses

A new group of workers joined the fight against austerity last week. Seven greenkeepers on Brighton’s two municipal golf courses struck for five days against plans to cut their pay by up to £4,000 a year. They are members of the GMB and Unison unions employed by Mytime Active. 

At the start of this year the company had £3.5 million in the bank. And in return for the tax breaks that come with being a not-for-profit social enterprise, it is obliged to invest its profits in the community.

Before last week the greenkeepers had already taken two one-day strikes. GMB organiser Gary Palmer said it was “crunch time” for the dispute and warned of “an escalation of actions against Mytime until it sees sense.”

Phil Mellows

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