Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/465/1797

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 November 2006

Glasgow council workers prepare to strike

UNISON MEMBERS in Glasgow Council have voted 2:1 in favour of strike action. They want to force the city's Labour leaders to back down over the threatened pay cuts to 4,500 low and middle-earning workers as part of a poorly funded equal pay review. 66% voted to stand by this minority of the workforce who face cuts of up to 5,000 in just two year's time.

Brian Smith, secretary for Glasgow UNISON Social Work Services, personal capacity

The UNISON branch has called three days of all-out strike action on 5-7 December, backed up by selective action.

The result shows that huge numbers of the so-called "winners" saw through the council's divide-and-rule tactics and rejected the council's offer of a back-dated payment in December - in effect a bribe just before Christmas - and chose to show solidarity with their fellow workers.

The strike action will see almost 11,000 workers called out and will have a massive impact on council services.

It is unclear whether Steven Purcell, the council leader, will attempt to negotiate a new deal in light of the threatened strike action or will dig in for a battle. Purcell and other leading Labour councillors attempted to cut across the unions by inviting the "losers" to explanatory meetings.

The whole exercise backfired, with the councillors not understanding the services they are responsible for or their employees' jobs. One even suggested that the workers could not read, which led to some walking out in disgust, ripping up their new pay letters on the way out!

The Scottish National Party (SNP) councillors have not publicly opposed the pay cuts in any meaningful way, did not force a vote in the council executive and have gone along with the wholly inadequate pay protection arrangements.

This failure to support ordinary workers is consistent with how they have conducted themselves in Falkirk, having just imposed an equal pay deal on workers in that council. (The trade unions in that council are now also moving to ballot their members for action).

Battles over equal pay implementation are going to be a feature of industrial relations in local government over the next year or so. The SNP better choose whose side they are going to be on. CWI members played a key role in arguing the case for action in Glasgow and will now be working to secure a positive outcome for all members in what could become a bitter dispute. This may also have implications for how the trade unions approach equal pay issues elsewhere in Scotland, England and Wales.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 29 November 2006:

Ripping the heart out of the NHS


Socialism 2006

Socialism 2006: "A brilliant and inspiring experience"

A world in struggle

Youth rally: Socialist ideas are the future

Closing rally: How to defend the NHS

Socialism 2006 - an unmissable event!

Finance appeal - 30,873.44!


Workplace news and analysis

Vote 'yes' for national strike action

Fighting and striking, on all fronts

Glasgow council workers prepare to strike


Socialist Party news and analysis

Socialists fight Labour's attacks

Costs soar while communities ignored

Bosses' tax moans threaten cuts

Top cops say: "Protest but don't offend anyone"


International socialist news and analysis

Gemayel killing fuels political tensions

Gaza: How long will the ceasefire last?

Hundreds of thousands gather to inaugurate Lopez Obrador

Sri Lanka protest

Australia - Big increase in votes for Socialist Party in Richmond

Dutch Socialist Party makes sensational election gains


Socialist Party review

Leon Trotsky's Transitional Programme


 

Home   |   The Socialist 29 November 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Council workers:

triangleSurveying Labour councillors - will they fight cuts?

triangleBin workers vote to continue action following rally

triangleBron Afon workers strike against 3,000 pay cut

triangleBin workers stand firm

triangleCouncil union responds to Grenfell

Glasgow:

triangleWhere is Scotland going?

triangleGlasgow jannies win famous victory against council cutters

triangleGlasgow janitors win famous victory

triangleScotland - SNP loses but Labour could've won more

Unions:

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

Unison:

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

triangleUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2