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Glasgow IT workers will strike on Thursday (17th November) in an escalation of a dispute over the privatisation of their jobs and services they provide.

The 230 UNISON members will picket their workplaces at 220 High Street and 368 Alexandria Parade before a mass meeting to consider their next steps in the dispute.

The workers will then take their protests to the front of the city chambers with a lunchtime lobby of Glasgow City Councillors.

The council is trying to hand the city’s IT services to CGI, a Canadian based global corporation. UNISON believe that this is wrong for a number of reasons including higher long-term costs, loss of control of a key council function, the future impact for social care, schools, home care, financial payments, council tax collection and benefits, etc and the threat to workers jobs, wages and conditions.

Tony Santilli, UNISON Convenor, said:

We believe that the financial figures contained in the plans are completely flawed. Privatisation is not the way forward for this, or indeed any council service.

The purpose of the strike action is to resist the current proposals and thus protect the current jobs, terms and conditions, pensions and employment status of all UNISON members.

The nature and frequency of further strike action will be decided in consultation with members and stewards.”

 

 

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