UNISON strike over IT privatisation

GLASGOW City Council workers who are members of UNISON protested in George Square over fears that a proposed contract change could cost them their jobs.

The council’s IT services are currently operated in a partnership managed publicly, but could instead be provided by Canadian firm CGI, who already work with other Scottish councils.


Unions fear the pledge to guarantee jobs and pensions in the case of a transition does not have sufficient grounding, although the council has given direct assurances that it would be the case.

Glasgowise went to the city chambers to see the demonstration as it happened.


Unison drafted a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his Scottish counterpart Kezia Dugdale expressing its members’ disappointment at apparent support for privatisation policies expressed by the party’s councillors.

The proposal is in a research phase at present, having been voted through by the council’s executive committee, with the results of a report into the proposal not expected until early next year.

Those backing the plan say it is the safest and most cost-effective way forward, and that it would be scrapped if the jobs of workers could not be guaranteed.

They also argue that it would mean improved public services for the people of Glasgow, but union officials disagree, saying that an in-house solution would have better results.

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