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Clean up your act, janitors warn Glasgow council

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2500

Glasgow janitors on strike

Glasgow janitors on strike (Pic: Duncan Brown)


School janitors were set to walk out for three days on Wednesday as they resume their fight over equal pay with bosses at Cordia, a Glasgow council-owned firm.

The janitors are part of a fightback by workers against Labour-run Glasgow City Council’s attempts to drive down the terms and conditions of all workers providing council services.

Janitors demand the same pay as other workers who also do dirty or physically demanding jobs. It can mean an extra £1,000 a year.

Cordia bosses have refused to budge. But the janitors can take heart from the CCTV workers at another

council-owned firm whose strikes won them a 24 percent pay rise last week.

The CCTV workers’ escalation of their dispute with Community Safety Glasgow (CSG) bosses has got a result. After a series of “final offers”, which workers rejected, a backdated pay deal will give them an extra £4,000 for January to October this year.

Unite union members at the firm’s alarm receiving centre had voted for action and were set to join the CCTV workers on strike last weekend. But they are to get the same deal—without even coming out the door.

Glasgow Unison union branch officer Jim Main said, “It has only been in the last year that workers have felt confident to join the union, get organised and take action. Anger at the refusal to have the pay review fuelled this.

“We now have 100 percent union membership.”

A consultative ballot for action of 4,000 Unison members ends this week and could signal the start of a much bigger council-wide fightback.


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