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Glasgow care workers' strikes force council to offer a sweetener

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2394

On strike last month protesting outside the city council headquarters in Glasgow

On strike in January protesting outside the city council headquarters in Glasgow (Pic: George Connelly)


The Unison union has suspended the first two of three 72-hour strikes by residential care workers in Glasgow. 

The first walkout was set to start on Friday of last week.

The workers are being balloted on an improved offer from city council bosses. 

This includes up to £1,500 to compensate for the first year’s losses from shift pattern changes, as well as extra staff and negotiations for staff who can’t do the new shifts.

This is clear proof that the strikes have hit bosses hard. They had previously tried to impose the new shift patterns. 

But some workers are rightly arguing to make sure all their demands are met.

The decision to suspend strikes was taken after one mass meeting voted to reject the deal and another voted narrowly to consult members. 

They are set to strike again for three days from 21 March if the ballot rejects the offer.


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