Overwhelming support for new Glasgow strikes 'a reflection of worker anger'

Thousands of Glasgow City Council workers will be balloted for a new wave of industrial actions after overwhelmingly supporting strikes against low pay and pay discrimination.

99% of GMB members across home care, Glasgow Life, education, and social work are prepared to take strike action against the council’s attempts to exclude more than a fifth of posts included in the 2019 equal pay settlement from future liabilities.

Meanwhile, 75% of members in the city’s cleansing services said the 14 points recently negotiated with the council leader for the future of the service and lowest-paid do not go far enough, with four fifths saying they would be willing to strike again in response.

A statutory industrial action ballot of cleansing workers will now take place in December, while workers in services impacted by the council’s ongoing pay discrimination will commence a ballot in January.

GMB Scotland organiser Sean Baillie said: “The lowest-paid workers in Glasgow City Council have been undervalued, exploited and ignored, and their anger is reflected in these overwhelming ballot results.

“It sends a clear message to the council and government that there must be change in Glasgow – Scotland’s biggest city has deep and chronic problems, it is blighted by low-pay and discrimination, and its budget has been hammered by years of cuts.

“No political party has clean hands in this Glasgow story and politicians at all levels of representation should listen to the voices of these workers because it will need a response from them all.”

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