Date: Fri 2 July 2010
Glasgow culture services strike will hit city centre venues this weekend
Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art and the People's Palace museum will be targeted for strike action this weekend as UNISON and other unions fight cuts in pay and terms of employment by Glasgow Life.
The Gallery of Modern Art will be picketed on Saturday and Sunday, while the People's Palace on Glasgow Green will be targeted on Sunday.*
Sam Macartney, Service Conditions Officer for Glasgow UNISON said:
"Our members provide an excellent service for the city of Glasgow and its people and we believe the people of Glasgow support us in our campaign to have fair pay and conditions.
"We are expecting another effective strike at two of the city's most prestigious venues. UNISON along with the other Glasgow Life unions - Unite, GMB and BECTU - is committed to defend the pay and conditions of our members."
Further targeted strike action is planned by the unions in the coming week.
* The People's Palace is scheduled to be closed on Saturday for other reasons relating to parades in the area.
Notes for editors:
1. The strikes at the Gallery of Modern Art and the People's Palace are the latest in a series of targeted actions following on from a number of successful all out one day strikes. Further targeted actions will take place over next week at Scotstoun Stadium where the UK Super 8 athletics championships are being held (Wed 7 July). Another all out one day strike is also planned if no progress is made with the Culture Sport management.
2. UNISON, Unite, GMB and BECTU members who work for Culture and Sport Glasgow (now rebranded as Glasgow Life) are engaged in industrial action to oppose a 10% pay cut for 150 workers and a pay freeze for all other staff; and to protect existing conditions, including public holiday arrangements and overtime rates.
For further information please contact:
Sam Macartney (Glasgow Branch Service Conditions) 0780 3952 264 (m) 0141 552 7069 (o)
Malcolm Burns, Communications Officer 0141 342 2877 (o) 07958 063 182 (m)
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