Union rallies for fair pay at Community Safety Glasgow

Union rallies for fair pay at Community Safety Glasgow

09 September 2016

Security staff will lobby city councillors today (Friday 9 September), demanding fair pay at Community Safety Glasgow.

Around 30 members of the Unite trade union have been on strike since Wednesday 7 September in a dispute over shift allowances. The strike is set to continue until Sunday 11 September. 

The staff make sure that schools, libraries and sports centres are safe and secure.

Unite regional officer William McGonigle said: “Community Safety Glasgow is a charity – but it’s not being very charitable to our members.

“They are facing pay cuts of up to £4,000 because CSG wants to slash shift allowances to rates far less than those paid by Glasgow City Council. 

“That’s completely unfair – especially at a time when the Managing Director has had his salary increase by nearly £5,000 to more than £107,000. 

“Our members work hard to make sure that our public buildings are safe for everyone in the city. Most of them have decades of experience and an unrivalled knowledge of the facilities they look after. They deserve better.

“Glasgow City Council is a partner organisation of CSG, and councillors serve on its board of directors. We want our elected representatives to use their influence to ensure that our members get fair pay. That’s the strong message our members will be taking to the City Chambers today.”

The security staff are taking part in a wider industrial dispute alongside around 140 members of the Unite, GMB and Unison trade unions. The Community Safety Glasgow workers do a range of jobs, and include advocacy workers, community payback workers, community enforcement officers, community enhancement workers, security officers and CCTV workers.

A lobby for fair pay will be held by all three unions outside Glasgow City Chambers at 12 noon on Friday 9 September.


For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Unite regional officer William McGonigle on 07810 157912, or Unite Scotland media officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email

Notes to editors:

The media are invited to send photographers / film crew / reporters to the joint union lobby outside Glasgow City Chambers in George Square from 12 noon, Friday 9 September.

A photograph of Unite members picketing outside CSG’s headquarters in London Road can be downloaded from here.

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.