Trade union balloting thousands of key council workers across Scotland

Unite the union announced today (21 June) that members employed at the Emirates Arena by Glasgow Life, and City Parking are to be balloted on strike action.

Around 70 workers in Glasgow across both organisations will participate in the industrial action ballots as part of the nationwide local government pay dispute. The ballots open on 28 June and close on 18 July.

 The trade union previously warned that a number of key events across Scotland including the Cycling World Championships to be held in Glasgow (3-13 August) could be impacted due to the dispute.

Unite can confirm that if the ballot for strike action is successful, then this international event being held at the Emirates Arena is now directly under threat of cancellation unless the local government pay dispute is resolved.

 Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite is standing up for our members in City Parking and Glasgow Life. They deserve a fair pay award along with all local government workers across Scotland.

 COSLA and the Scottish Government know the 5 per cent offer is nowhere near good enough. However, it’s clear that COSLA and the Scottish Government have just simply ignored the multiple warnings we have sent them.

 Unite will always stand up for our members fighting for better jobs, pay and conditions.”

Unite is currently balloting thousands of key council workers within the schools and early years services across all thirty-two Scottish councils. The ballots are due to close on 31 July.

Unite members have emphatically rejected the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ (COSLA) 5 per cent pay offer for 2023 by 84 per cent in a consultative ballot.

Graham McNab, Unite industrial officer said: “Unite’s members in City Parking and those based at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow will join thousands of key workers being balloted as part of the local government pay dispute.

International events such as the Cycling World Championship at the Emirates Arena are now in danger of being cancelled due to the inaction of COSLA and the Scottish Government.”