Thousands of Scottish council workers struck for 24 hours on Monday.
The workers, members of the Ucatt, Unite and GMB unions on craft grades, have rejected a below inflation pay offer of 2.45 percent – a lower offer than that made to other council workers in Scotland.
The strikers are also fighting over working hours. Five years ago there was a national agreement to reduce council workers’ weekly hours to 37, but many craft workers are still working a 39 hour week.
The strikes targeted an initial 13 councils in Scotland, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee where workers are still expected to work 39 hours.
A Ucatt spokesperson told Socialist Worker, “The strikes have been really solid across Scotland. Already a number of councils have indicated that they are willing to negotiate to reduce working hours.”
The workers are to strike every second Monday. Union officials say the action may escalate to include all 32 Scottish authorities.
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