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CCTV strikers in Glasgow keep an eye on the bosses

Issue No. 2494

Solid picket lines in Glasgow

Solid picket lines in Glasgow (Pic: Duncan Brown )

Glasgow CCTV workers struck for 48 hours last weekend in a fight over unsocial hours pay.

The Unison union members are demanding to be paid the same as other workers at council-owned firm Community Safety Glasgow.

They are on similar shift patterns but are paid £7,500 a year less.

As one Glasgow Unison branch officer told Socialist Worker, “These workers don’t get a penny of out of hours pay, but they are sitting next to council employees who do.”

The CCTV workers get no extra money on top of their £8.25 hourly rate for working 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day.

The strike was solid and more workers joined the union to go on strike. The union now has 100 percent of the workforce.

They are set to strike again from 7pm on 17 March for another 48 hours.

The CCTV workers deserve support from across the trade union movement in their dispute.

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Labour council split on cuts

Trade unions were set to protest this Thursday outside Glasgow City Council’s budget-setting meeting.

The Labour-run council will choose whether to push through over £80 million in cuts this year.

Unions are demanding a no-cuts budget. For once, they may have allies inside the Labour group.

A council insider told Socialist Worker, “There is a group around the former council leader who favour making cuts. There’s a group who want a legal no-cuts budget and there’s a group around the current leader Frank McAveety that hopes for a compromise.”

Labour councillors face losing control of Glasgow council next year for the first time in decades.

Janitors are out for justice

Around 130 primary school janitors in Glasgow are set to strike on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

The Unison union members are in dispute over payments for duties that are dirty, unpleasant and involve working outside on a regular basis or heavy lifting.

Council bosses have refused to pay the janitors the extra money, which can be worth up to £1,000 a year.

The janitors have been boycotting the duties for the past six weeks and are now escalating to strikes.

Unions have advised staff not to do the janitors’ duties during industrial action.

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