Council officials and bosses at a Glasgow City Council-run company are starting to feel the pinch from strikes by CCTV workers.
The workers were set to walk out again this weekend in their fight for equal pay.
They are demanding the same pay for shift work as council employees. Bosses at Community Safety Glasgow (CSG) have so far refused to pay the workers up to £7,500 a year more so that they get the same amount as their colleagues.
CCTV workers’ third 84-hour walkout coincides with two major football matches in Glasgow this weekend. This includes the first Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers for years.
Insiders believe this will leave police without the resources to provide extra officers to scab in mobile CCTV units as they have during previous strikes.
Bosses have been desperate to resolve the dispute. But Glasgow Unison union branch officer Jim Main said, “Workers rejected management’s ‘take it or leave it’ offer last week with short shrift.
“It has only hardened attitudes that the council is not taking the justice of their claim seriously. The strikes are ongoing as far as we’re concerned.”
CCTV strikers have been buoyed by solidarity from other trade unionists in Glasgow. Young fast food workers in the Bfawu union are the latest to offer them support.
Council-run firms such as CSG or Cordia are being used as a benchmark to drive down conditions. Cordia employs school janitors who could strike again after the Easter holidays.
Both strikes are important to all council workers. Recent budget cuts by the Labour-run administration will mean attacks across the board.
But unions are moving towards strikes—the best response.
A consultative ballot of 4,000 Unison members ends next week. Workers should vote yes for a council-wide joint union fightback.