Date: Saturday 10 January 2009
Glasgow Community Service Workers Strike
Glasgow Council’s 21 Community Service Supervisors have been
on indefinite strike action since 6 January. The workers supervise
offenders who have been given community service as an alternative
They work on their own every day with five offenders undertaking
gardening, home decoration, joinery or environmental projects.
The Council want to give them additional duties including assessing
work requests from the public (often from those who cannot afford
to pay for gardening or decoration services), developing new placements,
training offenders, driving council vehicles, placing offenders
in appropriate squads, assessing offenders “attitude, development
and employability” and a compulsory increase in hours and days
The Council want to pay them Grade 4 for this new job. The job
should be Grade 5 under the Council’s grading system. Those workers
who will do the same job with offenders who are in individual
work placements will be on Grade 5.
The new grade also still leaves many of the 21 workers facing
pay cuts of over £1,000 caused by the Council’s 2007 Single Status
equal pay review. The workers are being asked to do a more responsible
job for less money!
Please highlight this dispute in your workplace and trade union.
If you live in Glasgow then please contact your local councillor
and ask them to settle this dispute by offering the correct pay
Messages of support and donations to
Glasgow City UNISON,
4 Floor, 18 Albion Street,
Glasgow, G1 1LH