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College support staff, will protest outside the new City of Glasgow College on Thursday (27th Oct) against the waste of public money by Colleges while insisting there is no money for a fair pay rise for support staff.

The workers who are members of the trade union UNISON will call on John Swinney (guest of honour at the event) to intervene to pressurise College employers to pay support staff the same cost of living pay rise as lecturers (£450) and clamp down on the awards Principals are paying themselves (in some cases £1,500). They will also call for Principals to make good on the promise they made last year to become accredited Living Wage Employers and help low paid workers (College contractors) escape exploitative poverty pay.

UNISON support staff have taken two days strike action in September, suspended fire cover and first aid at Colleges and have more actions lined up for which they believe is an avoidable dispute.

Scott Donohoe, Unison Glasgow Assistant Branch secretary, said:

We are calling for workers and students wherever they work to join us to protest against the insensitivity of having a wasteful lavish launch event while services for students are being cut back and workers are being denied the same cost of living increase which their lecturing colleagues received months ago. A sector which says it can’t afford to pay low paid workers the Living Wage shouldn’t be using the money they do have to party as if they do! We will be very interested in the costs of this event.

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