Social Workers across Glasgow are on unofficial strike. They held a 60-strong union meeting on Monday of this week and voted unanimously to join colleagues who walked out on Friday of last week.
All ten workers in the office walked out last Friday after management suspended one of their colleagues for refusing to cover for vacant posts.
The Unison union members work in the North and East Community Homeless Casework Team of Glasgow City Council Social Work Services.
The workers are demanding management take action to prevent excessive workloads by agreeing to a cap of 35 cases per worker.
The unofficial walkout continued as Socialist Worker went to press.
One Glasgow Unison steward told Socialist Worker, “Bosses aren’t recruiting the extra staff we need. This is at a time when more people rely on public services as the effects of Tory austerity kick in.”
Up to 70 strikers made their way from their city centre union office to lobby council bosses this afternoon. They were joined by around 30 Unison reps and supporters from across the council. The workers protested for the reinstatement of their suspended colleague. The walkout now involves all of the Homeless Service across the city and up to 100 workers.
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