Glasgow homelessness caseworkers called for mass pickets involving other Glasgow City Council workers, Unison union members and stewards on Wednesday of this week.
A day of action was to take place in solidarity with the caseworkers’ indefinite strike. It is entering its eighth week, and a meeting is due with senior management in the afternoon.
Supporters were set to join a mass rally outside the meeting. The strike has widespread support among council workers, over £2,000 was collected at social work offices last week.
With the new Tory government’s promise of more vicious cuts workers are keenly aware of what is coming down the line.
A victory for the caseworkers would be a boost for everybody.
Pressure is building on the Labour-run council to meet the workers’ demand to be regraded and paid the same as colleagues that have similar responsibilities. The difference is up to £5,000 a year.
Striker and Unison rep Chris told Socialist Worker that bosses really only had one choice if they wanted to resolve the dispute.
“We are all clear on what we want,” he said. “We’re not going back until every single person is regraded and recompensed. That’s our message to management.”
Chris added, “Any attempts to split the workforce, regarding some but not others, will be met with a flat ‘no’ from the workers.”
The fact the request for a meeting came from council bosses so swiftly after the general election is perhaps a sign the Labour administration is worried about its own future.
Its Glasgow MPs had thousands-strong majorities overturned on 7 May.
As Socialist Worker went to press the city’s seven new Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs had yet to give public support to the strike.
“We hope they come out in our support,” said Chris. “There’s austerity, austerity-lite and actually opposing austerity. They stood on a platform of anti-austerity. Now is the time to follow through.”
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