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Talks held to stop strikes before Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Car Hire Glasgow Airport hope the planned strikes can be averted before the Commonwealth Games begins in a weeks time. 

There have been crisis talks held in Glasgow to stop culture and leisure staff striking two days before the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Workers at the organisation Glasgow Life, which runs the council’s leisure centres, museums and libraries and are members of the Unison and Unite unions, have planned to walk out on 21st July.

A Glasgow Life spokesman said “The number of union members balloting for strike action represents just under 4 per cent of our workforce, less than one in 25 of our staff. Less than a third of the Unison members eligible to vote took part in the ballot. Unite saw less than half of eligible members vote in the ballot and it is disappointing that they are calling members out on strike on such a narrow margin, one vote. We do not believe the results provide any reasonable justification to embark on strike action at any time, let alone in the build up to the biggest sport and cultural celebration the city has ever seen.”

Bosses of Glasgow Life are meeting union leaders in an attempt to avert strike action in a dispute over staff overtime pay and shift patterns during the Games.

Unison City of Glasgow Branch Secretary Brian Smith said “Unison ran a ballot of members over a 10-day period, which is tight time wise, and 40 per cent voted. That is higher than at the last council elections in Glasgow which was a 32 per cent turnout, therefore we have a stronger democratic mandate than many elected members. Unison and Unite members will strike on July 21.”