Date: Thu 15 July 2010
Unions step up action at culture and sports body over Glasgow
Unions campaigning for fair pay and conditions at culture and
sport body Glasgow Life will step up selective strike action over
the weekend and build to an all out strike day on Glasgow Fair
Three of Glasgow's best known attractions, Kelvingrove Art Gallery
and Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art and the People's Palace
museum will be targeted for strike action on Saturday 17 and Sunday
And unions will call all Glasgow Life members out on a full day
of strike action on Glasgow Fair Monday 19 July.
Sam Macartney, Service Conditions Officer for Glasgow UNISON
said: "The message to Glasgow Life is clear - our members are
calling for a fair deal over this Glasgow Fair weekend.
"UNISON along with the other Glasgow Life unions - Unite, GMB
and BECTU - opposes Glasgow Life's unfair 10% pay cut for 150
workers and pay freeze for all other staff; and we want to protect
existing conditions, including public holiday arrangements and
"We know that the people of Glasgow support us in this fight
for a fair deal. Glasgow citizens know that our members provide
an excellent service for the city, delivering the culture, leisure
and sports services which they value. We believe that the people
of Glasgow want their culture and leisure organisation to pay
fair and play fair."
UNISON has criticised Glasgow Life management for breaching
employment regulations by encouraging third party agencies to
cross lawful picket lines in "desperate attempts" to break successful
strike actions over recent weeks.
Sam Macartney said: "Our members have faced obstruction and hassle
from third parties which management have hired. These unwanted
intruders backed off when we started videoing their unacceptable
behaviour. We believe the people of Glasgow do not want such actions
to force unfair pay cuts and poorer conditions on the workers
who provide them with much-valued services."
Notes for editors:
1. 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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