Socialist Worker

CCTV workers defy night shift robbery as Glasgow council cuts rebellion grows

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2496

Strikers wear masks and pyjamas to highlight daylight robbery on the night shift

Strikers wear masks and pyjamas to highlight "daylight robbery on the night shift" (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Glasgow trade unions are moving towards a council-wide strike against the cuts. The Labour-run administration is attacking workers’ terms and conditions.

It comes as two live disputes by CCTV workers and school janitors are growing in strength and both voted last week to intensify their action.

Both are employed by council-owned firms and are fighting for the same conditions as directly employed council staff.

Council bosses want to drive down conditions for every worker. The ruling Labour group plans to slash £130 million and 1,500 posts in the next two years.

It wants reduced public holidays, new restrictions on flexi leave and cuts to annual leave for new starters. Other cuts in the pipeline have yet to be spelled out.

The Unison, GMB and Unite unions are balloting thousands of members.

A consultative ballot of 1,000 GMB members, including refuse and parks staff, saw a 95 percent vote for strikes. A full strike ballot will run over the next month.

Unison is balloting 1,200 residential care staff for strikes over the next month, and another 4,000 are to be consulted on strikes.

Glasgow council workers have shown over recent years that strikes can get results.

That experience should be used to build bigger council workers’ solidarity for the janitors and the CCTV strike and to boost the fights to come.

Striking janitors last week marched on the council and their Cordia employers’ headquarters.

CCTV workers protested outside the council last Friday, in masks and pyjamas to highlight bosses’ “daylight robbery on the night shift”.

Striker John told Socialist Worker, “It’s hard to go to work every day and the guy sitting next to you is being paid £7,500 a year more.”

Bosses want to entrench this kind of inequality across the board—it’s time to step up the action to beat them back.

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