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Aberdeen council workers

by Gerry McCabe
Issue No. 1965

Workers at Aberdeen City Council have been told that many of them face pay cuts as part of the implementation of a single status agreement which claims to harmonise conditions between manual and white collar workers.

They received notification last week of proposed grades under the deal. Out of a workforce of 9,000, well over 2,000 are going to lose out significantly. 

The first indications are that low paid women working in clerical and admin jobs would be the biggest losers from implementation of an agreement that supposedly narrows the gender pay gap.

Staff in one of the main social work offices in the city staged a spontaneous protest on Thursday lunchtime and over 200 staff demonstrated outside St Nicholas House, the main council building, on Friday. 

This protest was organised at short notice by the three unions involved — Unison, T&G and GMB. 

There was a unanimous call for strike action from the staff.

Very few people went into the building and those who did only went to dump their jackets before rejoining the protest. 

Many of the passing cars hooted support as did local bus drivers who are in a bitter pay dispute with their employer, First Bus.

The protesting workers then moved to the gate of the councillors’ car park where they angrily confronted councillors responsible for these cuts


Scottish Police staff

Some 4,000 civilian support staff working for Scotland’s police forces were to strike for 24 hours on Thursday this week over pay.

The workers, members of Unsion, voted by 69 percent to strike over the employers’ pay offer of 2.95 percent this year and 2.5 percent next year, on a turnout of 46 percent.

Politicians have reacted furiously, with Scottish Tory leader David McLetchie calling for strikes by civilian police staff to be banned.


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Sat 27 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1965
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