Glasgow City Council strike involving 12,000 workers could bring the city to a standstill for two days

Members of the Glasgow City Council union are due to strike for two days later this month over an equal pay dispute.

The workers, mostly women, will strike on March 29 and 30 to demand equal pay. They will then strike again in April if there is no resolution.

UNISON is appealing to its nearly 9,000 members and, with their sister union also joining the action, it could see over 12,000 workers on strike.

This will affect home care, cleaning, catering, schools, nurseries, residences, homeless shelters, addictions services and administrative functions across the council.

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Kath Stirling, UNISON Branch President, said: The purpose of the strike is to compel the council to maintain the current equal pay severance provisions. These were won after the last strike, but the board is preparing to tear up these arrangements. This could see smaller payouts for some and others left out altogether.

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“There is no moral or political justification for such an approach. It’s the same women, in the same jobs, still being paid the same gender-discriminatory pay plan. Women and their jobs haven’t changed. , so why should the terms of compensation change.”

“We say there is no dumping of the 2019 deal. No exclusions.”

The previously reached agreement provided for compensation payments made on March 31, 2018 to 14,000 claimants. The board now says another 5,000 new claims will be submitted until that date.

However, UNISON argued that with the new pay and grading system not due to be implemented until at least 2024, women are entitled to additional payments.

Ms Stirling continued: “We have fought for years for equal pay justice in the courts, workplaces and streets. We fought previous city governments and we fought this one.

“We won’t leave until the council fulfills its obligations to the women of this town.”

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