Socialist Worker

Glasgow care workers accept an improved offer

by Glasgow Unison steward
Issue No. 2396

Care workers out on strike in January of this year

Care workers out on strike in January of this year (Pic: George Connelly)


Unison union members in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes for older people have voted to accept an improved offer by 69 percent to 31 percent. 

Late last year bosses threatened to sack workers who did not agree to worse conditions.

Since January 400 residential workers have been involved in a series of strikes. When they called another three 72-hour strikes this month the bosses put forward their improved offer.  

It was their willingness to fight that won these gains.

The deal means an increase in minimum staffing levels and over 50 new jobs. Some 47 temporary workers will now be offered permanent contracts. 

Lower graded workers will only administer medicines under supervision of workers in higher grades. And the council has also agreed a one-off payment of £1,495 to compensate workers for the pay cuts.

Almost one in three workers voted to reject the deal believing they could have won more. 

A senior steward said to Socialist Worker of those who voted against, “They are treated badly. But they had a wee bit of power for a short piece of time and they enjoyed that”.

Union organisation has been strengthened as a result of the dispute with new stewards elected. 

 


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