14 January 2014
Residential workers within Glasgow City Council have begun their 48
hour strike against plans to impose new shift patterns and cut shift
allowances. Workers in 15 older people and one physical disability unit
walked out just before 10pm last night.
The strike is solid amongst UNISON members with homes only being kept open by managers, non-union and agency workers. At some units there were large picket lines with managers and temporary workers joining the action.
The strikers held a lunchtime rally outside Social Work HQ and are
meeting on Wednesday to discuss possible further action.
Brian Smith, who is Unison’s Glasgow branch secretary, said: “We are
concerned increasing shifts to twelve and a half hours, and reducing
staff/resident ratios at night, will undermine the standard of care
that we can provide.
“Our residents have complex needs and caring is a demanding job. We
must maintain a competent and confident workforce who can give the care
our residents deserve.
“We have not taken action lightly but have no alternative. Again, we
ask Glasgow City Council to work with us to reach an agreement.
“These changes will affect the vulnerable people our members care for.”
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