SCHOOL caretakers have won a hefty pay rise after a 20-month dispute with council bosses, public-sector union Unison announced yesterday, writes Conrad Landin.
Janitors employed by Cordia on behalf of Glasgow City Council argued that they should be paid extra for duties such as salting and cleaning dangerous substances.
The council normally gives such a payment to outdoor staff, but “jannies” have been excluded.
Now the council has offered a deal where the janitors will move up a pay grade, meaning that their wages will increase by 6 per cent, equating to £1,184 a year. They have not been offered the back payment they demanded.
There will also be 35 new senior janitor roles, with a staged annual pay rise of £4,000 over the next two years.
Unison said the workers had “won … recognition of the range of tasks they undertake.”
General union GMB, which also represents Glasgow janitors, said it would be consulting its members on the new deal.
GMB branch secretary Rhea Wolfson told the Star: “This is a good deal for jannies, but our priority now has to be get assurances from the council that this won’t result in cuts elsewhere.
“We’re particularly concerned about protecting jobs and pay of cleaning staff in schools.”