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Commonwealth Games faces transport disruption

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2408

Transport workers in Glasgow are balloting for strikes which could see serious disruption ahead of the Commonwealth Games next month.

Around 300 workers in the Unite union at Strathclyde Passenger Transport, which operates Glasgow’s subway system, are balloting to strike. 

Bosses are imposing unpopular shift patterns.

And 150 engineers in Unite working for First Group Glasgow are also balloting for industrial action. The firm runs many of the city’s bus services.

Workers are angry at First bosses’ paltry 0.5 percent pay offer for 2014 plus a further 0.4 percent on the basis of slashing sick pay rates. Both ballots run until 30 June.

The RMT union says it has secured a deal for its members on Scotrail in recognition of extra work during the Games.

The union says the deal will give workers up to £275 extra pay as more than one million passenger journeys are expected over the 

11-day event.

Some 1,000 workers in museums, galleries and sports facilities in Glasgow also returned a strong result for industrial action in a consultative ballot. They are members of the Unite, Unison and GMB unions.

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