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Date: Fri 10 August 2007

Glasgow social care staff strike settled

A new offer from Glasgow City Council has led to the resolution of Glasgow's Social care workers' strike, UNISON announced after a mass meeting this lunchtime.

Lengthy talks between the union and Glasgow City Council yesterday resulted in a new offer from the council and this was put to a mass meeting of strikers in Glasgow's Central Hotel at lunch time today.

The strikers voted to accept the new offer, which gives all but a handful of workers the grading that was sought, and to return to work on Monday.

Mike Kirby, UNISON Glasgow Branch Convenor said "The new offer delivers the grade 5 that our members felt best reflected the responsibilities they carry out. The proposal also leaves open the details on how people will progress beyond the initial salary, and this will be the subject of further negotiation.

"The solidarity of the members on strike was instrumental in delivering the key objective that they sought. They have a right to be satisfied with the outcome of their action."

Over 550 social care workers in Glasgow had been on strike since the 24 July, angry about the results of a job evaluation that didn't reflect the responsibilities of the job they carry out.


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)