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Janitors in Glasgow call a week-long strike over pay

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2516

Janitors in Glasgow earlier this year

Janitors in Glasgow earlier this year (Pic: Duncan Brown)


Janitors working for Glasgow City Council-owned firm Cordia were set to begin a five-day strike next Monday.

The Unison union members, who work in schools, are demanding the Labour-run council pays them the same as other council workers who do similar physically demanding task.

Brian Smith, Unison branch secretary, said, “The payment due to our members for these duties means that they lose earnings of £500 to £1,000 every year.

Strikers plan to begin and end their strike with protests outside Glasgow City Chambers.

They also plan to leaflet parents at the school gates during the other mornings of their walkout.

The janitors have already struck for 19 days since March. They also began boycotting certrain duties, such as litter picking, in January.

This is an important escalation in their dispute. Every trade unionist should get behind the janitors.

Join the rally at Glasgow City Chambers, George Square G2 Mon 15 August, 12.30pm
Send messages of solidarity to enquiries@glasgowcityunison.co.uk

Fight to save rehab is on in Glasgow

A campaign is forming in the south of Glasgow to save rehab services from the Labour council’s cuts.

The council ran a competitive tender for three “hubs” to replace local rehabs. The centres were placed in a price war, with a 30 percent cut.

Workers could now face redundancy.


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