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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-02027

Glasgow City Council Cleansing Workers

Submitted by: Katy Clark, West Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Supported by: Pam Duncan-Glancy (Registered interest ), Monica Lennon (Registered interest ), Paul Sweeney (Registered interest ), Mercedes Villalba

That the Parliament notes that members of Glasgow City Council’s cleansing department undertook strike action during the first week of November 2021; understands that these workers have suffered a major drop in living standards in recent years, due to what it sees as years of austerity and below-inflation pay increases; further understands that the joint trade union group is seeking a £2,000 flat rate pay increase for workers, or 6%, whichever is greater; understands that COSLA proposed a pay rise of 5.89% for the lowest paid staff; believes that the use of what it considers to be anti-trade union legislation by Glasgow City Council, in a reported attempt to block strike action in the Court of Session, has led to a deterioration in industrial relations, and urges the Scottish Government to do all it can to resolve this dispute, and ensure local government workers are given a fair and decent pay rise.