Date: Tuesday 28 July 2009
Nursery closure attempt at Glasgow College prompts strike action
UNISON, the education union, is balloting around 80 members
in Glasgow College of Nautical Studies for strike action, in response
to management proposals to cut 5 jobs by closing the baby room
in the college's Thistle Street Nursery. Ballot papers will go
out to staff this Wednesday (29 July).
Jim Snell, Assistant Service Conditions Officer for Glasgow City
Branch of UNISON said "This is the first stage in managements
plan to close the Thistle Street nursery completely by July 2010,
closing an important service and losing a total of 20 jobs.
"This is exactly the sort of cut that UNISON is convinced is
resulting from the city centre college merger proposals. UNISON's
college membership in Glasgow have already expressed their opposition
to the proposals and will continue to fight the cuts as they become
If the ballot for strike action is successful, the first day
of action will be Thursday 20 August, coinciding with a major
staff conference planned by the college management. Further days
of action will be called if necessary and after consultation with
UNISON is continuing to meet with college management to try and
persuade them to change their direction and will continue to raise
questions on the different options that they have looked at.
Jim Snell said "Management have failed to share any information
with UNISON on the background to the decision to close the nursery.
We are urging members at the college to deliver a resounding YES
vote, and demonstrate the strength of opposition to management's
The Ballot closes on 13 August.
For further information please contact: Jim Snell (Branch
Asst Service Conditions Officer) 07947993222 Brian Smith ,( Branch
Secretary) 07870 914 361 Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
07715 583 729
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