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‘Dirty money’ cut is snow joke for school janitors in Glasgow

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2487

The janitors mass meeting last week

The janitors' mass meeting last week (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Some 130 primary school janitors in Glasgow are refusing to clear snow or spread grit in a row over “dirty money” with bosses at council-owned Cordia.

Cordia says the janitors should no longer receive a Working Context and Demands Payment.

This is given to workers who undertake duties that are dirty, unpleasant, involve working outside on a regular basis or heavy lifting. It can be worth as much as £1,000.

Some 100 primary schools in the city are affected by the action, which started on Tuesday.

The Unison union members voted by 98 percent for the action short of a strike.

Other duties they are refusing include weeding, litter picking, clearing leaves, spillage clearing, animal clearing and heavy lifting.

Disgracefully Cordia bosses have threatened to suspend workers who are taking the action.

Despite pledging to defy future Tory anti-union laws the Labour-run council doesn’t seem to have any qualms about using current ones.

The janitors have also voted by 95 percent for strikes if they need to escalate.

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