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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 January 2009

Solid support for Glasgow strike

Glasgow council's 21 community service supervisors remain on indefinite strike. The strike is rock solid as it enters the fourth week.

Brian Smith

The council remains intransigent and is still refusing to withdraw the pay cuts the strikers face under their "service reform" proposals. The strikers and their trade union, Unison, are in favour of improving the service and have suggested ways in which the service could be improved. But under the council's plans, some of the workers face pay cuts of over 2,000.

The workers supervise serious, violent and repeat offenders who have been given community service as an alternative to prison. They work on their own every day with five offenders in placements undertaking gardening, home decoration, joinery or environmental projects.

The council wants the workers to undertake additional duties whilst cutting their pay. Yet those workers doing the same job with offenders who are in individual work placements will be on the higher grade that the strikers are demanding.

At a time when the eyes of the public and the parliament are on how alternatives to prison can be improved you would think that the largest provider of those services in Scotland would be making serious efforts to resolve an indefinite strike. But no, Glasgow council is hoping the strikers will just go away.

Glasgow Unison is stepping up its support for these strikers and is now considering how to escalate the action into other areas of Glasgow's criminal justice services.

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In The Socialist 28 January 2009:

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Defend jobs and services

Era of illusions in capitalism ending

The crisis in manufacturing: Fighting for jobs and living standards

No pay discrimination against young people

Ferengi dealers


Slaughter in Gaza

Coventry protest over Gaza onslaught

Israel: Thousands march in Jaffa against Gaza massacre

Students' angry sit-ins


Anti-racism

Stop the racist BNP

Stop the deportation of Yahya Al-Faifi


Socialist Party campaigns

Socialist councillor opposes Tory plans for education privatisation

Labour's abandoning of the working class

Croydon: Striking against academies

Scotland: Step up opposition to cuts

Fast News


Socialist Party workplace news

Fighting council cuts

Say 'no' to the Metro privateers

Amicus Unity Gazette left with egg on its face

Unison right wing exposed

Victory for left in Glasgow Unison

Solid support for Glasgow strike

Building a fighting Unison leadership


Education

Build a mass movement for free education

Save our school!


Marxist analysis: history

Germany 1919 The Spartacist uprising


International socialist news and analysis

Russia: Bosses sack auto-factory union leader

Courageous socialist activist, campaigning journalist and human rights activist


Socialist Party news

Obituary - Barry Malone


Socialist Party reviews

A People's History of Sports in the United States

The Reader


 

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