Date: Wed 28 January 2009
Community Service staff action to escalate
Glasgow Council's 21 Community Service Supervisors, on strike
for three weeks over proposals by Glasgow Council to cut their
pay, are planning to take their case to the public with demonstrations
and to escalate their action.
The supervisors remain on indefinite strike action, but the Council
remain intransigent and are still refusing to withdraw the pay
cuts the strikers face under "service reform" proposals.
The strikers will be staging a demonstration outside the Sheriff
Court from 8.00am tomorrow - Thursday 29 January, and a further
lobby of Glasgow Council's Executive Committee meeting on Friday
6 Feb at 12.30pm at in the City Chambers.
Brian Smith, Secretary of UNISON's Social Work Stewards said:
"At a time when the eyes of the public and the Parliament are
on improving alternatives to prison, you would think that the
largest provider of those services in Scotland would be making
serious efforts to resolve an indefinite strike. But no, Glasgow
Council is sitting on its hands hoping our members will just go
away. UNISON is stepping up its support for these strikers and
is now considering how to escalate the action into other areas
of Glasgow's criminal justice services."
"Our members are in favour of improving the service and have
even suggested ways in which the service could be improved further.
However the Council must recognise what the job is worth. Some
of the workers face pay cuts of over £2,000 under the management's
Note for Editors Community Service Supervisors supervise
serious, violent and repeat offenders who have been given community
service as an alternative to prison. 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 - assessing work
requests from the public, developing new placements, training
offenders, placing offenders in appropriate squads and assessing
offenders "attitude, development and employability" and bring
compulsory increase in hours and days worked.
The Council want to pay them Grade 4 for this new job. The job
should be Grade 5 under the Council's grading system, and workers
doing the same job with offenders in individual work placements
will be on Grade 5. The new grade also still leaves many of our
members facing pay cuts of over £2,000 caused by the Council's
2007 equal pay review.
The cuts in pay affect all those who currently drive (the majority)
and weekend working staff. For example a Supervisor who drives
and works every Saturday and Sunday currently earns around £21,000
pa. Council pay offered is £18,500. A wage cut of £2,500 The basic
core pay proposed is £16,000, (without the driving monies or weekend
enhancements). This is too low and does not reflect the value
of the new job under the Council's own job evaluation scheme.
For Further Information Please Contact: Brian Smith (Secretary
- Glasgow SW Stewards) 07870 914 361 (m) Mandy McDowall (Regional
Officer) 07903 846 427(m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
0771 558 3729(m)