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The Socialist 25 October 2007

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Reject Royal Mail deal: Vote 'No' and reinstate the action

Striking Liverpool postal workers return to work


Why workers need a new party

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Classroom assistants challenge the Stormont Assembly

Who's to blame for teenage obesity?


Glasgow: On strike for a fair deal

Train drivers prepare for action

Fight Cadbury's factory closure

Teachers' union election time to change!

BBC threatens hundreds of jobs

 
 

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Glasgow: On strike for a fair deal

Workers in Glasgow's Learning Disability and Physical Disability day care services have been on indefinite strike action from 16 October. 84% of members voted to take strike action in the recent ballot. The strike involves over 250 Unison members across 12 centres.

Brian Smith, Unison social work services secretary

The dispute centres on the implementation of the Single Status Agreement. The workers have been allocated to the wrong role profiles/grades under the council's Workforce Pay and Benefits Review.

The council have failed to recognise the valuable job these workers undertake with some of the most vulnerable members in our society. They had the opportunity to correct their mistake at the review hearings but they failed to take it.

The council have offered to resolve the dispute through a service reform that would alter the remits of most workers and halve the number of centres.

The council claim this will allow them to increase community based provision by altering the structure of the workforce whist at the same time offering all workers in pay detriment either new posts at a new higher grade, new jobs out with daycare services or voluntary redundancy.

The council's offer is short on detail and the workers want a fair role profile that reflects what they currently do. So it was decided at the last members' meeting to continue with the strike action as planned.

Positive links were made with carers' organisations and service users in the run-up to the strike. This will be important, as the council attempt to drive a wedge between the workers and those who rely on the services.

Unison members are not opposed to changes that aim to improve support for service users. But delivering a fair grading for the workforce should be the foundation for this.

Over the last year the Unison branch has won several important concessions from the council by threatening or taking strike action. Whilst each dispute is different it is clear that another success can be achieved if members stand together.

  • Messages of support and donations to Glasgow Unison, 18 Albion St, Glasgow. Email is unisonenquiries@glasgowcityunison.org.uk

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    NHS: What the Socialist Party says

    March to save the NHS

    Michael Moore's latest film 'Sicko' reviewed

    Huddersfield SOS: Class fighters' bold initiative


    Postal dispute

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    Striking Liverpool postal workers return to work


    Campaign for a New Workers Party

    Why workers need a new party

    Respect in crisis - what lessons for socialists?


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    Socialist Party feature

    Pakistan: Suicide bombings at Bhutto rally


    International socialist news and analysis

    Turkey's invasion threat increases regional instability

    Release Saburi Akande Akinola, Taiwo Hassan Soweto and Olatunde Dairo now

    France: Biggest public transport strike action since 1995


    Socialist Party women

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    Socialist Party news and analysis

    Liberal Democrat leadership: Two candidates, one background, no answers

    Classroom assistants challenge the Stormont Assembly

    Who's to blame for teenage obesity?


    Workplace news and analysis

    Glasgow: On strike for a fair deal

    Train drivers prepare for action

    Fight Cadbury's factory closure

    Teachers' union election time to change!

    BBC threatens hundreds of jobs


     

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