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Glasgow transport workers hold ballots for strike action

Glasgow transport workers hold ballots for strike action

12 June 2014

Transport workers across Glasgow will be balloted for industrial action after management at two of the city’s key transport operators for the Commonwealth Games moved to impose derisory pay and working practices on its employees.

150 engineers at First Group Glasgow have been outraged by the company’s 2014 pay offer of 0.5 per cent with a further 0.4 per cent on the basis of accepting an inferior sick pay allowance, making them the poor relations of the First Bus family in Scotland.

300 workers across the Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) Glasgow Subway have been told they will receive no payment for the increased work and flexibility demands during the Commonwealth Games, while pushing-on with unpopular shift patterns in the face of long-standing unrest.

Both ballots will run until Monday 30 June.

Unite regional industrial officer Eddie Duffy said: “Unfortunately we’ve been brought to this point by an absolute failure of management at First Group and SPT to properly consult with and recognise the value of their employees.

“First Group are actually imposing a real-terms wage cut on its Glasgow engineers while attempting to bait them with a further derisory increment in return for slashing sick pay rates - its Dickensian at best.

“SPT have simply gone AWOL, offering workers absolutely nothing for the increased demands they will have to undertake during the games and they are now stonewalling our attempts to seek a reasonable resolution.
“Quite frankly, with the world coming to town next month both companies have shown total contempt for their workers and are trying to milk what should be a memorable event for Glasgow on the cheap.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Eddie Duffy on 07958 624149 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.

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Notes to editors

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.