Anger against Culture & Sport Glasgow’s (CSG) intended £3.4m cuts to community leisure services and staff has led to public petitions in support of the strike action by Unison, Unite, GMB and Bectu members opposing these destructive cuts.
In May, a signed petition was handed to Glasgow City Council and CSG when Woodside Leisure Centre’s new timetable revealed that staff were to be laid off and classes cut back, many of which are continuously fully booked.
CSG’s website claims they want “to enhance the health and wellbeing of people who live, work and visit the City” as well as increase the volume of Glasgow
public using leisure facilities.
Considering the well documented health issues of Glasgow and the rising levels of obesity throughout the UK, it makes no sense to close a resource which is both being used and is needed.
A CSG employee said:
There has been no discussion in terms of terms and conditions in the public forum and Culture & Sport have gone back on any promises to expand these discussions.
CSG are also unwilling to compromise and if things go on as they are then employees could face a loss of 10% of their take home pay as well as a pay freeze for the next three years.
If money has been wasted and they’re looking for ways to save money then this isn’t good management: it’s a knee jerk reaction and it’s not the strikers who have misspent the money either.
The people who will suffer in the long term are those who are most vulnerable and those who can’t afford to join private health clubs.
To protest against the cuts to services and staff contact Chief Executive of Culture & Sport, Bridget McConnel (pictured below), on: Phone: 0141 287 4350 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org