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> Culture And Sport Glasgow Strike?, Update: CSG has been rebranded 'Glasgow Life'
Alex Saville
post 2nd May 2010, 08:12am
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Meanwhile Unison will continue to campaign for a Labour Government this week, and will donate millions to make sure they get re-elected.
Sure are loking after their members interests, aren't they?
HYPOCRISY, IT'S CALLED!!!
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post 2nd May 2010, 10:52am
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Has anyone checked out the current situation in Greece?Greece is in the brown stuff because over the years it has overspent.Spent what it did not have.Britain is in the same situation but our politicians are not saying how bad the situation is.Come the installation of a new government,I really think that cuts will be widespread throughout the public sector and taxes will go up.
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post 2nd May 2010, 11:06am
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In Britain, unlike in Greece, the working class taxpayer does not go into retirement after a 25 year of working life.


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post 2nd May 2010, 11:40am
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THH,in Greece like the UK and in particular Scotland the Government is one of if not the biggest employers and thats what makes conditions ripe for a cull on jobs which I think is inevitable when the next Government gets its feet under the desk.Incidentally I could have retired after 25 years.The date of a persons retirement is all down to what they have earned and what they have put into their pension pot.
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I made a typo with 25 years it should have read 35, but in comparison with the rest of Europe the Greeks are notorious at tax avoidance and on retirement get a whacking 80 +% (85%?) of their wages with 14 ( monthly) payments per year. No wonder the country is up to it's eyes in it.
The German taxpayers (12 monthly retirement payments @ 46% earnings after minimal 45 years working life) are picking up the lion's share of the bailout for Greece.


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post 2nd May 2010, 01:17pm
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Does anyone know how much profit Culture and Sport Glasgow has generated as a commercial entity? The company's much-hyped ability to generate revenue as a commercial enterprise was lauded as one of the main reasons for its creation. It was also one of the factors that was supposed not only to protect services and jobs, but also to enhance them!
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.... Come the installation of a new government,I really think that cuts will be widespread throughout the public sector and taxes will go up.

As for cuts, I am sure there are more deserving areas for cuts than cutting the pay of our lowest paid workers while fat cat management grin from the sidelines like Cheshire cats, anticipating their next bumper pay deal.

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SCOTS Commonwealth Games chiefs were last night blasted for spending 2million to fly 400 people to India for a DANCE.

Glasgow 2014 organisers will shell out the huge sum to stage a display at this year's Games in Delhi.

But the "cultural showcase" featuring hundreds of performers will last only EIGHT MINUTES.

And last night the cost of the closing ceremony extravaganza was slammed as "disturbing" ....


http://www.thesun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/n...l#ixzz0mmIIATHc
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post 2nd May 2010, 11:46pm
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QUOTE (Alex Saville @ 2nd May 2010, 09:29am) *
Meanwhile Unison will continue to campaign for a Labour Government this week, and will donate millions to make sure they get re-elected.
Sure are loking after their members interests, aren't they?
HYPOCRISY, IT'S CALLED!!!
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Unison is not affiliated to the Labour Party and do not donate any money to them.
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post 2nd May 2010, 11:54pm
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Does anyone know how much profit Culture and Sport Glasgow has generated as a commercial entity? The company's much-hyped ability to generate revenue as a commercial enterprise was lauded as one of the main reasons for its creation.


Culture and Sport Glasgow was launched as a charitable trust. It does have a trading company which runs the Museum shops and the profits go to the trust. Confusingly it referred to itself as a company till last week when it decided its status as a charity might win it some sympathy.

It was not set up to generate revenue but there have been two exhibitions in two years which have charged entry. Kelvingrove Museum and other facilities have been hired out at weekends for functions. How ever one wonders how many staff will be volunteering for plain rate overtime to staff the buildings.

Its charitable status meant it was exempt from paying certain taxes which supposedly would save it 800,000. And they hoped to attract donations from major arts funding bodies. That has not happened.
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I made a typo with 25 years it should have read 35, but in comparison with the rest of Europe the Greeks are notorious at tax avoidance and on retirement get a whacking 80 +% (85%?) of their wages with 14 ( monthly) payments per year. No wonder the country is up to it's eyes in it.
The German taxpayers (12 monthly retirement payments @ 46% earnings after minimal 45 years working life) are picking up the lion's share of the bailout for Greece.


and what does your new homeland pay its pensioners? How much would you cut the pension in the UK. And did you vote for a party tat threatened big cuts or reform as they call it.
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post 3rd May 2010, 12:19pm
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The following editorial and article may help explain to anyone with an interest why funding bodies may not be inclined to donate to Culture and Sport Glasgow:

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Variant, one of the few magazines covering the grim process of stealth privatisation of Glasgow's cultural assets, appears to have been specifically targeted by one of the very privateers it criticised, and who has banned its distribution at Tramway gallery, in a highly defensive abuse of power.

http://www.metamute.org/en/a_scandal_in_new_bohemia

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post 5th May 2010, 06:35am
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Glasgow strikers are in ‘vanguard’ of fight
by Jonathan Shafi

Workers in Glasgow who face pay cuts of up to 1,500 a year shut down leisure facilities across the city on Friday of last week.

The action came after bosses threatened job cuts if workers refused to accept a pay freeze, loss of public holidays and cuts to overtime rates.

The mood on the picket lines was positive. Most strikers said they expected this to be the start of a much longer battle with implications for other public sector workers.

One picket told Socialist Worker, “This is not just about our rights – we are fighting for everybody. The economic downturn is being used to attack our services.”

Picket lines were set up outside scores of facilities.

Martin Doran from the GMB union told a lunchtime rally, “Culture and Sport [bosses] drew a line in the sand by rejecting our claims today.

“We have drawn our line in the sand too and there is now no middle ground.”

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Unite union regional officer Jackson Cullinane said that millions of workers would be facing similar attacks after the election.

He told strikers, “You are not alone. You have fired the first salvo. You are in the vanguard of the fight for the rights of all those who’ll face similar attacks.

“We need to get the message out to the public. We need to build and broaden this with a public demonstration.”

A further strike was called for Thursday of this week – election day – and workers are planning to leaflet polling stations about the dispute. Twelve strikers signed up to be part of the Right to Work group, which has been raising money and support for the strike.

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=21140

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post 5th May 2010, 06:38am
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Bid to stop Glasgow polling place pickets

Legal moves are expected to take place to try to prevent striking workers from picketing polling places in Glasgow ... Glasgow City Council is seeking an interim interdict to stop picketing at venues used as polling places ...

Full story here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgo...est/8661229.stm

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post 5th May 2010, 12:19pm
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Will the CSG refund members on a pro rata basis for the number of days per month they have been unable to provide a service?
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post 6th May 2010, 03:33pm
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I found this page here searching for info about the strike and sent a message earlier.... but it hasn't updated - mibbees I pressed the wrong button. sad.gif

Anyways, even though I couldn't get access to my local gym today I want to say that I support the staff who have lost pay due to taking action to protect services and facilities in the long term. And I was happy to tell them so!!!

I also agree with what the leaflet they gave me says.... 'that the workers should not be made to pay for the failures of CSG and Glasgow City Council'.
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QUOTE (Dexter St. Clair @ 3rd May 2010, 01:13am) *
and what does your new homeland pay its pensioners? How much would you cut the pension in the UK. And did you vote for a party tat threatened big cuts or reform as they call it.


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... The German Tax payers (12 monthly retirement payments @ 46% earnings after a minimal 45 years working life) ...

Which part of that did you not understand ?
I would not cut the pension in the UK.
I treat politics like religion; I don't pray, I don't vote.


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