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21 May 2010

BECTU and the joint unions, Unite, Unison and GMB have called a further two days of strike action at Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG) in the continuing dispute over cuts to staff pay and conditions.

All union members employed by CSG will strike on Friday 28 May and Monday 31 May, the third and fourth days of action in protest at their employer's continued attacks on their livelihood.

The 24-hour strikes which will start at 00.05 hours on 28 May and 31 May will affect private functions, sporting events, concerts and theatre performances across the city.

Around 2,500  workers are employed by CSG, an arms length organisation set up by Glasgow City Council, to run 70 locations including public leisure centres, swimming pools, libraries, museums and theatres.

This long dispute went public with two days of strike action on 30 April and 6 May to stop the employer:

  • cutting all overtime payments to single time;
  • downgrading some jobs to impose pay cuts of £500 - £2,000 per year; and
  • ending premium rates for work on six public holidays.

Overtime ban will be effective

Union members will also apply an overtime ban from the end of this week.

Paul McManus, Scottish organiser for BECTU said:

"We are getting daily reports that the impending overtime ban is already placing a huge burden on middle management who are expected to maintain a normal service in areas which currently depend heavily  on overtime working to operate normally.

"Our members understand that they are in this for the long haul and recognise that if they simply accept these changes then there will be nothing to stop CSG coming back for further cuts on pay and conditions.

"To date there is not one shred of evidence, or reassurance from management, that they wouldn’t be looking at more cuts further down the road.”

Mass meeting 2 June

The joint unions will also hold a further mass meeting of members at 18.00 hours on Wednesday 2 June in Glasgow's Concert Hall to discuss future selective action aimed at high profile sporting and cultural events.