UNISON members in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes for older people will be taking strike action from Monday night for 48 hours to resist cuts in pay, unacceptable changes to job roles and a move to twelve and a half hour shifts. Glasgow City Council want to cut up to 7% of the wages of 182 workers, out of a workforce of just over 500, through introducing the new shift pattern. 122 full time workers face a loss of £1495 per year and 60 part timers a loss of £794 per year. This is totally unacceptable.Read More »
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Education workers and Unison members in Glasgow have won an important breakthrough in their dispute with the employer after a number of strike days. Hundreds of new members have been recruited to the union as a result. Once again it has been proven that determined and resolute strike action can win significant concessions.Read More »
Pupil Support Assistants organised by Glasgow City Unison took a third day of industrial action in their dispute with the Labour council over changes to conditions, including being forced to carry out medical duties. Already 1000 workers took strike action across the city on October 31st. This was followed up with a one day strike in schools in the north east of the city last week and today southside schools were staffed with large picket lines.Read More »
Working class communities in Portsmouth, Glasgow and Fife have been dealt a devastating blow by the announcement on Wednesday that 1,775 jobs are to go in the shipbuilding industry. BAE Systems bosses have in one fell swoop axed more than 40% of their workforce. Jobs will also be lost at the company's office near Bristol.Read More »
Sections of the capitalist media and the Tory party leadership have gone into overdrive in their denunciation of the trade union Unite and its former convener at Grangemouth, Stephen Deans. Stephen Deans has been subject to scandalous attacks from the trade union hating press and the Tory and Labour leadership, which Socialist Party Scotland totally condemns.Read More »
1000 Pupil Support Assistants (PSA's) organised in Unison took strike action in Glasgow on 31st October. This is in response to the Labour council imposing changes to their already demanding job roles by making them take up duties such as medical support. See here for a report on the background to the strike action.Read More »
On the 31st October 1000 Unison members in Glasgow City Council’s Schools are beginning a series of industrial action days in response to the City Council imposing changes to their job remit. Unison members across the council are involved in a number of conflicts with the Labour authority and this action on Thursday comes a few weeks after the walkout by social work staff in the council's homelessness service (see picture). We spoke to Brian Smith, branch secretary of Glasgow City Unison about the backdrop to the dispute.Read More »
Ineos and billionaire owner Jim Ratcliffe have announced a reversal of the company’s plan to shut the petrochemical plant at Grangemouth. This follows a significant defeat for Unite on workers’ terms and conditions, demanded by the brutal Ineos management as part of their "survival plan". While playing Russian roulette with the lives of thousands of workers, the billionaire Ratcliffe was sailing his £130 million luxury yacht around the Mediterranean. He recently applied to build a £5 million mansion in Hampshire.Read More »
Without a moments thought to the human cost, Ineos bosses today have announced the closure of the petrochemical plant at Grangemouth with the loss of 800 jobs. They intend to put that arm of their business into liquidation meaning workers may face losing thousands of pounds in redundancy payments. The oil refinery and the jobs of another 600 workers remain in jepordy, the result of a lockout by billionaire owner, Jim Ratcliffe. The next hours and days are vital in ensuring the building of a mass campaign to fight to save the Grangemouth plant and retain the jobs and terms and conditions of the workforce.Read More »
The anger and determination of the worker’s at Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant was evident today at the well-attended rally organised by Unite. Hundreds of union members took part, underlining the determination of workers not to accept the bullying tactics of Ineos and its billionaire owner Jim Ratcliffe.Read More »