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Anti-union laws see Games strikes stopped in Glasgow

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2413

A company owned by Labour-run Glasgow city council has used Tory anti-union laws to stop a strike. Assisted by the council’s legal team Glasgow Life bosses challenged the technical wording in a formal strike notice letter sent to Unison members. This was despite an overwhelming 76 percent vote to strike.

Unfortunately Unison called off the strike, set for Monday of this week, after legal advice.

Glasgow Life bosses refused to agree to extra payments for workers at sports venues and museums during the Commonwealth Games.

The company has also imposed shift changes on workers without agreement and curtailed annual leave during school holidays.

Union members were already angry that deals have been struck for other council-run companies and transport workers. The use of the courts to stop the strike has infuriated them.

Glasgow Unison branch secretary Brian Smith said, “These are the people who are working hard to deliver the Commonwealth Games but can’t afford tickets to go.”

Most Glasgow Life workers involved in the dispute earn just £16,500 a year.

Trade unionists protested outside the Commonwealth Games headquarters on Friday of last week. 

More protests have been called outside Kelvingrove Museum on Wednesday of this week at 12.30pm and outside Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday at 12.30pm.

 


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