Coun­cil staff vote on strike

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A trade union has brought for­ward a strike bal­lot that could have im­pli­ca­tions for peo­ple liv­ing in Castlemilk, To­ry­glen, King’s Park and Croft­foot.

GMB Scot­land made the move af­ter Glas­gow City Coun­cil served em­ploy­ees a 90-day no­tice pe­riod of changes to terms of em­ploy­ment.

The union es­ti­mates that the con­tract changes could cost work­ers £500 per year.

They say one of the changes will end coun­cil work­ers’ right to bank hol­i­days, in­cor­po­rat­ing them into an­nual leave.

Union or­gan­iser Alex McLuckie said: “Coun­cil work­ers have seen their liv­ing stan­dards dec­i­mated by years of pay freezes and in­creases that haven’t kept pace with the cost of liv­ing.

“The is­su­ing of the 90 days’ no­tice means the coun­cil has now de­clared war on low-paid work­ers who are al­ready strug­gling af­ter years of cuts to jobs and ser­vices.

“Politi­cians had in­ti­mated that they wanted to talk to us but in­stead they have fired the first salvo in what is go­ing to be a bruis­ing bat­tle.

“GMB Scot­land will now bring for­ward our in­dus­trial ac­tion bal­lot. No­tice will be served this com­ing week.”

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