Glasgow Parking wardens and Emirates Arena workers strike over poor pay
- Wednesday 2 August 2023
Disruption set to impact Cycling World Championships and traffic enforcement across Scotland’s largest city
Around 70 Unite members employed by Glasgow Life at the Emirates Arena and City Parking are set to take strike action tomorrow (Thursday 3 August).
Unite members will walk out across both organisations at 7.30am to begin 48-hour strike action over the current local government pay offer.
There will be pickets held outside the Emirates Arena and Cadogan Square Car Park to coincide with the strike action. A rally involving both groups of workers is also being held at midday at the Donald Dewar statue on Buchanan Street.
Unite General Secretary, Sharon Graham, said: “City Parking and Glasgow Life workers have no option but to take strike action. They deserve a fair pay award rather than a significant real terms pay cut.”
“Any disruption caused is due to the chronic failure by Glasgow City Council, COSLA and the Scottish Government to improve on the five per cent offer which has been overwhelmingly rejected. Unite fully supports its members who are leading the fight for better jobs, pay and conditions across local government. We will be with them every step of the way to ensure they get what they deserve.”
100 per cent of Unite members working for City Parking supported taking strike action, while 92 per cent at Glasgow Life voted in favour of industrial action. The first day of action (3 August) coincides with the beginning of the UCI Cycling World Championship in Glasgow.
Unite members emphatically rejected the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ (COSLA) five per cent pay offer for 2023 by 84 per cent in a consultative ballot held in May. The current rate of broader inflation (RPI) stands at 10.7 per cent.
Unite Scotland’s Industrial Officer, Graham McNab, said: “The 48-hour strike action by our members at Glasgow Life and City Parking is a clear warning to COSLA and the Scottish Government. The disruption beginning in Glasgow could spread over large parts of the country involving thousands of key council workers.”
“We repeat our calls for the Scottish Government to directly intervene because we are at an impasse, and the only way this dispute will be resolved is if an improved offer is put on the table for workers who deserve better from their elected representatives.”
Key council workers within the schools and early years services were also balloted as part of the 2023 local government pay dispute. This includes janitors, cleaners, caterers, classroom assistants and administrative staff. Unite will announce the results in the coming days in relation to these ballots involving all Scotland’s local authorities.