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We’ll fight until we win, say striking Glasgow Pupil Support Assistants

by Josh Brown
Issue No. 2380

Pupil Support assistants protesting in Glasgow (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Pupil Support assistants protesting in Glasgow (Pic: Duncan Brown)


Pupil Support Assistants (PSAs) struck in the south of Glasgow on Thursday of last week. In the west of the city PSAs walked out on Tuesday of this week.

The Unison union members are striking against Glasgow City Council’s attempts to impose changes to their job remit.

Hundreds of strikers joined a rally outside the council offices on Thursday.

Carol Ball, education convenor for Glasgow City Unison, said the bosses “don’t even know what’s going on in their own schools. 

“PSA workers say providing medication is not what we signed up for. We signed up to educate not medicate.”

Striker Susan argued, “This strike is for the good of the children. As a parent I certainly would not want a PSA to be taking on this role for my children. It’s all about the welfare of the child.”

GMB union members joined the strike last Thursday. GMB Scotland’s Alex McLuckie told the rally, “We’ll be involved in every strike until we win this dispute.”

Glasgow City Unison branch secretary, Brian Smith, said, “This strike is growing if we keep going we will beat them.”

Strikers finished the rally by chanting “Get Maureen out! Get Maureen out!”  Maureen McKenna is the director of education for the council.

Send solidarity donations and messages of support to Glasgow City Unison, 84 Bell St, Glasgow and enquiries@glasgowcityunison.co.uk

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