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Glasgow strikers’ confidence grows on fourth week of walkout

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Issue 2450
Striking Glasgow social workers and Dundee porters at the STUC
Striking Glasgow social workers and Dundee porters at the STUC (Pic: Josh Brown )

An all-out strike by Glasgow City Council workers has entered its fourth week. 

The homelessness caseworkers walked out on 31 March demanding to be paid the same as other social care workers doing a similar job. 

The 70 Unison union members are all actively involved in the dispute with daily picketing and regular protests outside the Labour-run city council headquarters.

Unison union rep Stuart told Socialist Worker, “We’re all growing in confidence and the longer we’re out the stronger our resolve becomes. 

“The support we’re getting is amazing and is helping keep us going.”

At the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) this week they received a standing ovation and pledges of support. 

Stuart said, “There were a lot of angry activists discussing what the political alternative is— and they’re excited by the action we’re taking.”

And the strikers are also getting out around Britain to spread the story of their dispute—and receiving great solidarity.

They spoke to workers at Unison health conference in Liverpool and local council workers in London last week. They raised hundreds of pounds in donations.

Collections among council social work department workplaces raised over £2,000. And football fans at matches in the city last weekend donated over £1,300.

Talks are set for Friday this week after a Labour councillor requested to meet the strikers. 

Stuart said, “We hope this is the beginning of the council coming to its senses.” 

Bosses are certainly under pressure. 

Stuart appealed for solidarity. “Help us win,” he said. “We are seeing attacks on working class people and on workers’ rights. If we don’t fight back now these services won’t exist anymore.”

A victory in Glasgow will be a victory for everyone resisting austerity.

Send solidarity messages and requests for speakers to [email protected]
Donate to the strike fund. Cheques to “Glasgow City Unison Branch”, 84 Bell St, Glasgow G1 1LQ.
Bank transfer: Sort Code 08-60-01, Account Number 20275792, Account Name “Industrial Action”

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