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Glasgow City Council Cancels May Day

Friday, March 11, 2016
Glasgow City Council Cancels May Day As Part Of £130m Cuts

GMB members have already signalled that they refuse to lose a penny off their pay and we will oppose these actions with all means available says GMB.

GMB has commented on Glasgow City Council’s decision to cancel May Day as part of an attempt to cut £500,000 from workers terms and conditions.

At a meeting today, Friday 11th March, trade unions met Councillor Martin Rhodes who confirmed a package of £130 million of cuts including the removal of public holidays and reduced holiday entitlement for new employees.

Benny Rankin GMB Organiser for Glasgow City Council said “It’s rather ironic that one of the last remaining Labour Councils in Scotland have proposed to do away with the May Day Holiday. For our members, however, it’s more serious as this change will have a big impact on their earning levels.

We estimate these changes will cost workers between £500 and £1000 per year. GMB members have already signalled that they refuse to lose a penny off their pay and GMB will oppose these actions with all means available including industrial action.

We think it is crazy that Glasgow City Council is prepared to bring the city to a stop over £500,000 out of a £130 million cuts package. If the council thinks it can use its workforce as a tool to implement UK and Scottish government austerity plans, they should think again and remove these proposals."

 

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Contact: Benny Rankin on 0141 352 8105 or 07912 560 808 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

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