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Strikes could shut down facilities before Commonwealth Games

Issue No. 2412

Strikes could shut publicly owned sports facilities, museums and libraries in Glasgow just two days before the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Some 800 workers at Glasgow Life, a council-owned “community interest company”, are set for a 24-hour strike on Monday of next week over payments for working during the games.

The action comes in the wake of agreements for various transport workers on Glasgow’s subway system and on mainline train services in Scotland over extra pay or bonuses for changes to normal working patterns.

Yet Glasgow Life bosses have offered no enhancements for working overtime and have altered some workers’ shifts without agreement. 

In contrast workers at another company owned by Glasgow city council have been offered time and a half, double time on a Sunday and paid lunch breaks.

The strike has been called by the Unison union. The GMB and Unite unions are expected to join them. The results of their strike ballots were yet to be announced as Socialist Worker went to press.

Strikes won bigger bonuses for bus drivers in the London 2012 Olympics.

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