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Glasgow Shop Stewards For Industrial Action

Friday, March 18, 2016

GMB Shop Stewards Vote Unanimously For Industrial Action Against Glasgow City Council

Our members are determined to see this fight through to the end says GMB Scotland

GMB shop stewards have voted unanimously for industrial action to protect the terms and conditions of GMB members working at Glasgow City Council. (View notes to editors for copies of previous GMB press releases about Glasgow City Council workers).

Following a consultative ballot, stewards held a meeting on Friday 18th March 2016, to decide on action against the removal of bank holidays from workers’ contracts and significant changes to flexi-time working.

GMB Scotland will ballot members working for the council over the next month with a view to taking industrial action in either May or June.

Regional Organiser Benny Rankin said “GMB Scotland’s members have consistently told the Council that we will oppose these changes.  This was never an empty threat, and if the council ever thought it was, this will be yet another error in a long line of errors from this administration.  

Our members are determined to see this fight through to the end. 

It is now up to the employer, Glasgow City Council, to come to the table and have meaningful discussions with the trade unions rather than provide sounds bites without any substance. 

We await the Council’s response”.

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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

Notes to editors

1 GMB press release dated 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."

2 GMB press release dated Monday, February 29, 2016

GMB Scotland Announces Glasgow City Council Ballot Result With Huge Support For Industrial Action In Glasgow

After years of pay freezes and seeing their standard of living eroded, our members have had enough says GMB.

A consultative ballot for industrial action amongst GMB members in refuse, street cleaning, parks and gardens has seen an unprecedented level of support for industrial action in Glasgow City Council. Workers were balloted after the Council tabled proposals that will see pay and conditions slashed for many members as part of a drive to save money.

Of the 1,000 GMB members who were balloted, over 80% voted with 95% voting in favour of industrial action including strikes.

Benny Rankin GMB officer said: "Glasgow City Council drove their tanks onto our collective lawn by tabling plans to decimate pay and conditions for workers in core front line services. Senior officials in the City Chambers picked this fight and GMB Scotland has now given our response. If they want a fight we are ready.

The streets of Glasgow are already dirty and unkempt because we just don't have enough workers to cope. This spring and summer visitors and residents will be faced with parks, gardens and streets that will be piled high with rubbish.

There has never been such a level of support for strike action in living memory. After years of pay freezes and seeing their standard of living eroded, our members have had enough.

Low paid council workers are not going to pay for the financial crisis in Glasgow. We don't care if the financial problems are down to John Swinney's cuts or failings in Glasgow City Council, enough is enough. We demand that Glasgow City Council immediately withdraw the cuts to pay and conditions they tabled. If they do not, we will move to a formal ballot for strike action.

GMB Scotland shop stewards will convene a ‘council of war’ this week to prepare for strikes.”

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