Date: 30 March 2005
Housing walkout closes GHA office
Over 500 staff of the Glasgow Housing Association walked out on
a one day strike today (Wednesday 30 March), closing nearly 60 offices
The strike action was to protest against the company's withdrawal
of rent collection facilities from 14 offices throughout the city.
It will mean the loss of 28 cashiers jobs.
Dougie Black, Regional Officer for the union's Glasgow City Branch,
said. "The strike action was solid throughout Glasgow. Members clearly
see the importance of retaining rent collection facilities within
GHA offices. At a time when post offices and banks are closing local
facilities, the GHA should not be adding to this rundown in the
communities of Glasgow. "
John Wright, Convenor of the UNISON GHA Stewards said "Withdrawing
cash collection hits older people, those with disabilities and other
disadvantaged groups hardest, and they are a high proportion of
GHA tenants. The strike is all about defending facilities for tenants.
We have had a wide range of support from them and other community
groups and hope that will continue."
The withdrawal of these facilities will mean that tenants no longer
have a 'one-door' housing facility - able to pay their rent and
query financial changes and allocations, and report repairs all
at the same office. The union hopes that the GHA will take notice
of the strength of this action and reopen negotiations.
Dougie Black said "It is clear that no-one wants this cut in service.
Not tenants, not communities, not staff. It is time that the GHA
reassessed this cut and went back to maintaining and improving their
service to Glasgow tenants."
For Further Information Please Contact: Dougie Black (Regional
Officer) 0845 355 0845(o) 07968 478 195(m)