College workers strike in Glasgow

Submitted by Matthew on 28 September, 2011 - 1:01

Unison members in Stow College in Glasgow are beginning a campaign of strike action this week against the imposition of a pay freeze.

The union’s 90 members in the college include learning support workers, administration and clerical workers, caretakers, cleaners and catering workers. Many are low paid, with some earning only slightly more the national minimum wage.

With inflation running at over 5%, electricity and gas prices rising by 18% or more, and the ever-increasing cost of food, the pay freeze being implemented by the college management is, in reality, a pay cut.

Management cannot use the excuse that the pay freeze is to save jobs — they are also in the process of privatising a range of support services.

All 90 Unison members are taking strike action for a day on Wednesday 28 September).

This will be followed by selective strike action by canteen workers on 4, 5, 6, 11 and 13 October.

• Email messages of protest to Principal Robert McGrory: enquiries@stow.ac.uk

• Messages of support to: enquiries@glasgowcityunison.co.uk