Local Glasgow public sector disputes intensify…The Glasgow Evening Times reports:-
SOCIAL workers could join an indefinite strike affecting some of Glasgow’s most vulnerable children and adults.
Unison has begun the process of balloting 1000 social workers about a mid-August stoppage which would hit frontline services hard.
The move comes as an indefinite strike by 600 social care workers over new pay and gradings enters its second week.
Social workers are being asked to absorb some of the workload but many are thought to back their colleagues’ plight.
Unqualified social care workers manage cases for children at risk, prisoners, methadone users and the homeless.
Services have been plunged into chaos and the situation is only likely to worsen. Brian Smith, Unison social work secretary said: “The ballot process is under way and it will close in about ten days’ time.
“A strike by social workers would be planned for the middle of August.”
Speaking at an unofficial rally in George Square yesterday Mr Smith added: “This would have the effect of closing down all the services which are being hit by the strike at the moment.”
Social care worker Tricia Billsland, from Baillieston, said: “I have worked in social work for 30 years. I’m disgusted by what’s happening.
“I’m losing about £1000 a year. It’s a breach of promise.”
Crisis talks between Unison and Glasgow City Council took place yesterday but so far there is no sign of a breakthough.
A Glasgow City Council spokesman said today: “A meeting took place yesterday between the chief executive and depute director of social work and representatives of the union. A further meeting is scheduled for tomorrow and both sides are committed to finding a solution.”
Publication date 31/07/07