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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 April 2015

Support rallies behind Glasgow homelessness caseworkers' strike

Matt Dobson

The indefinite all-out strike of the Glasgow homeless caseworkers is still going strong after over a month. After weeks of trying to ignore the strike and the workers' case for fair pay, Glasgow's Labour councillors and management were forced to at least meet Glasgow City Unison on Friday 24 April.

There are reports of the accommodation stockpiled by the council in anticipation of the dispute running out and the service breaking down.

We have seen widespread public support for the strike in Glasgow and across the country.

Strikers in the North East of the city have picketed Barlinnie prison where a handful of caseworkers, GMB members, have stayed at work. This pressured management further.

Prison officers in the POA union stopped at the picket to give support and 340 was collected for the strike fund in one morning. Successful collections have also taken place at other social work offices.

Strikers have been speaking at union rallies and meetings across Scotland and to local community anti-cuts campaigns in the city.

Support

The Socialist spoke to Jenni, a striker from the North West Team, at a Castlemilk Against Austerity gig: "This is my first time on strike and you learn a lot. We need to be really organised as it doesn't look like management will give in easily.

"We need all the support we can get from workers, trade unions and people in communities."

Donations have been coming in such as 1,000 from the Mid Yorkshire Health Unison branch committee, where Socialist Party members play a leading role.

Before the talks started, strikers and supporters marched to the council and rallied outside. Jamie Cocozza from Unite subway driver's branch (in a personal capacity) and Socialist Party Scotland spoke in solidarity.

However the council, it seems, were only using this meeting to test the resolve of strikers. Unison branch secretary Brian Smith reported: "The council just offered an eight week review of the homeless workers case but with no guarantees of fair pay and regrading."

This was rejected by a strikers' meeting on 27 April and the strike continues, with a rally on 30 April, 12.30pm at City Chambers.

Please send messages of support, donations and requests for speakers for union branches and events to enquiries@glasgowcityunison.co.uk

Cheques to Glasgow City Unison, 84 Bell Street, Glasgow G1 1LQ

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In The Socialist 30 April 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS in crisis

After the election: prepare for the battles to come

Establishment witch-hunt in Tower Hamlets

Rent controls? Another Labour fudge

And the rich just get richer!

Them & Us

The Socialist election schedule


International socialist news and analysis

125 years of May Day: Learn lessons of past struggles

Ireland: crucial stage for water charges

Greece: gold mining meeting


Special feature

Socialist plan or capitalist chaos

Why you should join the socialists


Elections 2015

Why the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition?

Why I'm standing

Key working class fighters rally to TUSC

Anti-cuts councillor set to defend seat

Pop star and activist Jawad Ahmad backs TUSC

Why many class fighters won't vote Labour


Socialist Party workplace news

Labour Party link dominates conference discussion

Dundee porters force NHS bosses to retreat

Glasgow homelessness caseworkers' strike

MoD IT workers demand decent pay

Bromley workers escalate strikes

Bradford bus drivers strike against job losses

Wales: Hundreds protest cuts to adult education

Barking bin workers walkout over pay cuts


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