Date: Tue 10 July 2007
Glasgow social care staff call for strike
The 600 Social Care staff in Glasgow who are currently in dispute
over job-grading have asked their union to move to an all-out strike,
UNISON said today.
At a meeting in central Glasgow they reacted angrily to legal threats
from the council, and demanded the union call them out on strike
as soon as legally possible.
They had planned to work-to-role from Monday this week in protest
at their role profile placing by the Council's Pay and Benefits
Review. However they had to postpone this action when it became
clear that the council were considering a legal challenge.
Ronnie Stevenson, UNISON' s Glasgow Convenor of Social Work stewards
said "The Council's eleventh hour legal challenge to force staff
to choose between striking or taking no action has backfired.
"The members were very angry at the legal to-ing and fro-ing that
the council seems to prefer to sitting down and negotiating a solution.
They therefore asked the union to invoke the ballot result in favour
of strike action, and we'll be pursuing that through the union machinery
as soon as possible."
"The staff and UNISON wanted to show the council what would be
lost if they were placed on this lower role profile, whilst doing
at least part of their jobs to back the vulnerable clients they
serve. However the council employers were insistent they would force
a strike, cutting all the support for the most vulnerable."
For Further Information Please Contact: Ronnie Stevenson
(Convenor - Glasgow SW stewards) 07803 952 262(m) Mandy McDowall
(Regional Officer) 07903 846 427(m) Chris Bartter (Communications
Officer) 0771 558 3729(m)