Socialist Worker

Glasgow City Council has head in sand as homeless caseworkers' dispute gets stronger

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2453

Glasgow strikers are not going away - show your solidarity

Glasgow strikers are not going away - show your solidarity (Pic: Duncan Brown)


The all-out strike at Labour-run Glasgow City Council by homelessness caseworkers entered its seventh week on Tuesday of this week.

The workers demand to be regraded and paid equal to colleagues with the same responsibilities—up to £5,000 more.

Council bosses are continuing with their line that it is business as usual for the city’s homelessness service.

 But they have signs posted on every casework team office door saying that during the strike, “we are operating an emergency service only”.

Last week’s election wipeout for Scottish Labour gave city councillors a glimpse of their own futures if they continue with cuts.

The result was a hot topic on Friday morning’s picket lines. Striker and Unison union rep Stuart told Socialist Worker he hoped the city’s new MPs would speak out in support.

“We have great support from SNP trade union members. But the political reality is clear for the city’s politicians if they implement austerity.

"If the SNP doesn’t deliver it will provoke a similar reaction.”

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Send messages of solidarity and invite a striker to speak at a trade union or campaign meeting enquiries@glasgowcityunison.co.uk
Donate to the strike fund: Unity Bank, Sort code 08-60-01, Account number 20275792, Account name “Industrial Action—Income”
Cheques to Glasgow City Unison, 84 Bell St, Glasgow, G1 1LQ

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