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6 May 2010

Today's second strike by 2500 workers at Culture and Sport Glasgow(CSG)has had a devastating effect on the company with major galleries, museums, sports centres and theatres remaining closed.

Ahead of the first day of action on 30 April CSG managers predicted that most of their facilities would be open. The reality was far different with a total shutdown.

No such predictions were made over the action today (Thursday) as managers sensed the strong resolve of their workers.

The cost to the company of the dispute is now heading into hundreds of thousands of pounds; the financial impact will only worsen as high profile shows, exhibitions and events face action in the coming weeks.

Polling stations not targetted

The only CSG sites open today were 13 buildings used as polling stations for the general election. The joint unions, BECTU, UNISON, UNITE and GMB had made it clear when they served the necessary statutory notice of action, that there were no plans to try to stop the public from voting at any of these centres.

BECTU pickets were out in force at around 30 sites this morning.

Scottish organiser, Paul McManus explained the mood:

“Members across the company are determined not to give in to the hardline approach of management and feelings continue to rise in light of management's recent out-of-hand rejection of further compromises proposed by the joint union negotiating team.”

Mass meeting 12 May

The joint unions have called another mass meeting of members at Glasgow Concert Hall at 18.00 next Wednesday 12 May where officials will report on their continuing efforts to secure a resolution to the dispute. Discussions will also focus on the campaign strategy for the coming months. A mass meeting in February gave overwhelming support to the call for a strike ballot. 

Appeal to CSG chair

As part of that future strategy, union members everywhere are being asked to email the chair of the CSG board, Liz Cameron, with an appeal to her to encourage her management team to reach a compromise with the joint unions.