GLASGOW City Council’s IT workers will down tools today in a bid to halt the local authority’s plan to privatise their jobs and the services they provide.
The council is planning to hand its IT services to Canadian multinational CGI, which Unison warns will lead to higher long-term costs, as well as threatening public services and jobs.
Unison convenor Tony Santilli said the financial figures within the proposals were “completely flawed” and that privatisation was no way forward for any council service.
He said members had voted for strike action to resist privatisation and “protect the current jobs, terms and conditions, pensions and employment status of all Unison members.”
The 230 Unison members involved in the dispute will picket their workplaces in Glasgow today and lobby councillors outside Glasgow City Chambers at lunchtime.