Date 1 December 2006
UNISON reacts angrily to Council accusation
UNISON, Glasgow City Council's largest union, today reacted angrily
to accusations of putting lives at risk from the Council. The union
pointed out that the council had created this situation by attacking
the pay and conditions of staff who care for the vulnerable in Residential
care, home care and education.
Mike Kirby, UNISON's Glasgow City Branch Chair, said "In any dispute,
UNISON seeks to reach agreement with the employer on a required
level of cover. Residential social workers and other low paid staff
stand to lose thousands of pounds as a result of this pay review
- the very areas that the council has identified as being at risk.
We have tabled possible solutions to this dispute to Glasgow's Chief
Executive at the beginning of November, and as recently as last
Friday, I met the leader of the council in an effort to resolve
the dispute. But the council was unwilling to discuss the core issues
to resolve the dispute.
"We now face a situation where some of the very people who should
be gaining from this exercise are having low pay cut further. It
is no wonder they are so angry that they are insisting on taking
"UNISON is always available for talks on this issue. In terms of
the level of cover needed for the provision of care, it is the Council's
responsibility, to provide services with adequately trained and
appropriately paid staff. Instead the council's actions seek to
reduce these staff's pay by thousands of pounds.”
The Industrial action will take place over the 5, 6 and 7 December
and will affect all departments of the Council. A rally is being
held on Wednesday 6 December at 12.30pm in the Central Hotel, Glasgow.
UNISON members voted by 2 to 1 on around a 50% turnout to take
strike action over the loss of money that many face.
For Further Information Please Contact: Mike Kirby(Glasgow
City Branch Chair) 0845 355 0845(w) 07803 952 261(m) Chris Bartter
(Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)