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Workers’ resolve forces Glasgow Labour council bosses to back off

Issue No. 2505

Striking janitors at a solidarity rally last week

Striking janitors at a solidarity rally last week (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Bosses at Labour-run Glasgow City Council suffered a major embarassment last week as they were forced to reinstate public holidays they scrapped for council workers. The council claimed “significant progress delivering budget savings” meant it no longer planned to convert six public holidays into annual leave.

Its statement coincided with both the GMB and Unison unions announcing that their 2,500 members had voted by large majorities to strike against the plan. The workers stood to lose up to £500 a year. But their strong resolve to strike was the real reason for the council’s climbdown.

Meanwhile janitors in Unison ended their week-long strike for equal pay. They had taken their protest to the council, the Scottish parliament and a solidarity rally drew over 100 people.

New strike dates were expected as Socialist Worker went to press.

South Ayrshire bins dispute with Tories continues

Refuse workers at South Ayrshire council in Scotland began a new phase in their dispute over the imposition new shift patterns.

The Unite union members are resisting new shifts that see bin collections up to 10pm. They previously ended mid-afternoon.

For 12 days from Tuesday workers will strike for half an hour on each shift.

The plan will disrupt the service for longer than the length of the strike as they will disrupt the shifts.

The union said bosses have refused “meaningful” talks and have threatened to take the union to court for protesting at council offices, which bosses claim was “illegal picketing”.

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