Glasgow Council workers unite to ‘lick’ tyrant Cordia

4 May

Glasgow City Council staff employed on contracts run by service management giant Cordia will demonstrate outside the city chambers this Sunday (6th May) over efforts to impose draconian cuts to their terms and conditions.

The workforce who deliver a range of public services across Glasgow, from the traditional lollipop road crossing for school children to cleaners, catering, janitorial staff and home carers, have seen their access to overtime denied and a proposed reduction to their holiday and payment entitlements due to their union affiliation. Unite members in Cordia previously rejected the proposals in a ballot last year.

Cordia have further intensified grievance among workers by refusing to allow members of Unite paid holiday leave for the Queen’s Jubilee (4th June) unless they signed-up to the reduced contracts. Unite has lobbied Glasgow’s Councillors extensively over the Cordia cuts, already receiving significant cross-party support.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Willie McGonigle said, “The people delivering these public services are often pillars of their local communities but the reality is they are also among the most low-paid. 

This Sunday at the Glasgow May Day rally we’ll ramp-up our campaign against these draconian cuts. We’ll also be laying down the challenge to Glasgow’s Councillors – fresh from Thursday’s elections – to support our view that people and not profit are central to the delivery of our basic public services.

Cordia’s campaign of coercion to erode the modest terms and conditions of low-paid public servants in Glasgow is a disgrace and they should know that we’ll fight them every step of the way.”


Notes to editors: For further information please contact Unite Scotland Regional Industrial Officer in Glasgow City Council Willie McGonigle on 07810157912.

‘Lick the tyrant Cordia! Campaign launch: Cordia staff will demonstrate outside the Glasgow City Chambers this Sunday 6th May from 10.30AM to 11AM before joining the May Day Rally, they’ll be joined by the ‘lollipop man’and will be distributing t-shirts, balloons and lollipops for everyone that joins them.  Contact Unite Scotland Organiser Kay Milliken on 07890762186 for press and photo-ops on the day.


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