Socialist Worker

Glasgow care workers call for more strikes

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2386

Care workers at the strike rally in Glasgow on Tuesday

Care workers at the strike rally in Glasgow on Tuesday (Pic: Duncan Brown)


Striking care workers in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes are set to continue their campaign.

They voted unanimously to set new strike dates at a 100-strong mass meeting today, Wednesday.

The Unison union members will begin an immediate overtime ban after the current 48-hour strike ends at 10pm tonight.

They are resisting the council bosses’ imposition of new job roles, longer shift patterns and pay cuts of up to £1,495 a year.

The strikers were buoyed by the effectiveness of the strike so far but still very angry. 

One striker said at the meeting, “I’m sick of the council bullying us – I’ve had enough of it. The council’s digging in, so should we.”

Another added, “If we don’t strike, then down the line they will take us like ducks lying down.

The impact of the strike has caused severe disruption across council-run residential homes in the city.

One worker underlined the strikers’ commitment to the service they provide saying, “It’s the long-term care of the residents we’re fighting for, it’s the future we’re concerned about.”

Glasgow City Unison branch secretary Brian Smith told Socialist Worker, “By refusing to negotiate bosses have left workers no alternative but to strike. Instead of negotiating they have used social work agency staff to cover the work of the strikers.” 

Glasgow care workers have shown the collective power they have to take on the bosses. By calling more strikes they can really turn the heat up on them.

As one striker put it at the meeting, “We are learning and we are learning fast—we can only get stronger.”

Rush messages of support and donations to Glasgow City UNISON, 84 Bell St, Glasgow, G1 1LQ Email: enquiries@glasgowcityunison.co.uk

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