Hello folks. Bit of a different post today. Today my colleagues in Culture and Sport Glasgow are on strike in a dispute over wage cuts, pay freezes and cuts in public holidays and overtime rates. So your library assistants and museum staff are on strike, as well as leisure attendants and community centre workers, to name but a few.
As a part-time library assistant, whilst these issues don’t affect me as strongly as they affect, say, a leisure centre employee, we are all employed by the same company, stand in the same unions and an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. The strike may not fall on one of my working days, but I’d like to show my support for my colleagues. If you’d like to read more about the strike action, you can visit the UNISON Scotland website.
I know that recently there has been backlash against workers in various different sectors going on strike. I’d just like to say that nobody wants to strike, it is a last resort. If any services you use are ever affected by strike action or other industrial action, please consider why those workers have been forced to take such measures. You also might be interested to know that whilst CSG are closing certain facilities and cutting the hours of other facilities, they are spending money on rebranding. Again.
Given the events relating to strike action and obviously with an election coming up, I recorded a wee version of “Never Cross A Picket Line” by Billy Bragg. I hope you like it.
If you’d like to know more about the strike, feel free to get in touch with me via e-mail, myspace, twitter etc or get in touch with UNISON or one of the other trade unions.
The strikers are asking for public support by asking people to send protests to Bridget McConnell, CSG Chief Executive, and to Councillor Liz Cameron, Chair of the CSG Board. Messages of support to the strikers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the UNISON Branch, 18 Albion Street, G1 1LH