Date: Tue 29 June 2010
Glasgow UNISON warns employers over 'desperate' action to break
Solid trade union action over the weekend successfully shut down
the high profile Glasgow Boys exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery
despite 'desperate' attempts by the city's leisure agency to break
the strike, the local UNISON branch has stated.
The branch has warned that unions will report the employer for
breach of regulations in such cases.
Brian Smith, Secretary of Glasgow UNISON said: "The high profile
Glasgow Boys exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
was shut down by our rock solid strike, and remained closed all
"However, we believe that Culture and Sport Glasgow may have
been engaged in a desperate attempt to undermine the perfectly
lawful and highly effective industrial action by all unions. Activists
have reported that a small number of agency workers were encouraged
by management to cross official picket lines and work at the Kelvingrove
"This is unacceptable behaviour, and we will report the employer
for breach of regulations in such cases."
Brian Smith said: "UNISON believes that Culture and Sport Glasgow
- now 'rebranded' as Glasgow Life - would be better spending more
effort trying to resolve the dispute with its own workforce than
trying to persuade others to intervene in such an unacceptable
Further targeted strike action is planned by the unions in the
Notes for editors:
1. It is unlawful for an employment business to help an employer
try to break a strike by supplying blackleg labour (Conduct of
Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003).
An offender may be prosecuted by the Employment Agency Standards
Inspectorate (EAS) — part of the UK Department for Business, Innovation
and Skills (BIS). In addition, any person who suffers loss as
a result of an infringement may sue the offender for compensation.
2. UNISON, Unite, GMB and BECTU members who work for Culture
and Sport Glasgow (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.
3. Further targeted actions will take place over the next week
at the People's Palace and the Gallery of Modern Art (Sat 3 and
Sun 4 July) and 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
For further information please contact: Brian Smith (Glasgow
Branch Secretary) 07870 914 361 (m) 0141 552 7069 (o) Sam Macartney
(Glasgow Branch Service Conditions) 0780 3952 264 (m) Malcolm
Burns, Communications Officer 0141 342 2877 (o) 07958 063 182
(m) Fiona Montgomery, Communications Officer 0141 342 2877 (o)
07908 672 890(m)
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