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Pay strikes shut down Glasgow’s subway system

by Alan Thomson
Issue No. 1949

Striking workers closed Glasgow’s subway system for four days from Friday of last week. The workers, members of the T&G union, struck in support of their pay claim and against attacks on conditions.

Management has offered a 5.9 percent rise. Various allowances are to be rolled up into the basic pay, but not at their current rate.

For example, the late working allowance of £11.33 paid to drivers will become £5 when it’s consolidated into the basic.

Pickets at Buchanan Street subway station were furious with the employer, SPT. One said, “They don’t understand why we’re angry. They’re keeping 50 percent of our allowances to use for their wages.

“There used to be 11 managers. Now there are 43, and most have assistants.”

SPT also wants single staffing of stations, which workers reject on safety grounds. The strikers are getting clear support for their dispute when they leaflet the public on strike days.

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Sat 30 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1949
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