Date: Fri 3 August 2007
Glasgow social care strike continues as staff reject offer
The strike of over 550 social care workers in Glasgow will continue
after further talks between Glasgow City Council and UNISON this
morning, failed to provide a solution. An offer from the council
was overwhelmingly rejected by a general meeting of the strikers
The council proposals would have provided an immediate increase
in earnings for one third of the members in dispute, but would have
required up to three years, for others to progress to the top of
the new grade.
Mike Kirby, UNISON Glasgow Branch Convenor said "We were so near,
yet so far from a solution. At the end of the second week of strike
action, perhaps it is time to ask, 'where are the elected city council
leaders? Will they intervene to bridge the gap?'"
The workers, who are angry about the results of a job evaluation
that doesn't reflect the responsibilities of the job they carry
out, have been on strike since Tuesday 24 July.
Note for editors: The Fieldwork Social Care Workers voted
by 87% for strike action. Around 1,000 other team Leaders, social
workers and other staff working with this group are currently being
balloted on strike action.
For Further Information Please Contact: Mike Kirby (Convenor
- Glasgow City Branch UNISON 07803 952 261 (m) Mandy McDowall (Regional
Officer) 07903 846 427(m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
0771 558 3729(m)