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GG Posted 17th Jul 2010, 01:52pm
 
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Strike action closes Glasgow museums on Fair weekend

Strike action closed some of Glasgow's busiest attractions as the traditional Fair Fortnight holiday got under way.

Staff at Glasgow Life, formerly Culture and Sport Glasgow, have walked out in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

The action means the Gallery of Modern Art and Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-10667410

GG.
GG Posted 6th Jul 2010, 05:31pm
 
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CSG strike to hit Super8 UK Athletics Championship

The Super8 Athletics Championship which takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 7 July) will be impacted by the long-running strike by staff at Culture Sport Glasgow.

The international athletics meeting at Scotstoun will be the latest in a series of events and key leisure venues to be affected by the protracted dispute over pay and contracts. ...

Full story here:
http://www.bectu.org.uk/news/887

GG.
GG Posted 29th Jun 2010, 08:31pm
 
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Strike closes Glasgow exhibition
by Unison steward

Striking workers shut down a major exhibition in Glasgow last weekend.

The strikers, members of the Unison union, estimate that keeping the Glasgow Boys exhibition shut will have cost up to 20,000 in takings.

Bosses at Glasgow Life – formerly Culture and Sport Glasgow – still managed to open the rest of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum by bringing in agency workers, though some refused to cross the 20-strong picket line.

Strikers felt the day was a success. It was part of a programme of targeted action, shutting down a different visitor attraction each weekend.

Workers are due to strike at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art and the People’s Palace this weekend.

These strikes are better than having a long period of silence between one-day action, and they keep most members on full pay while having an effect. But they also make it easier for the bosses to organise strike-breaking.

The next action across all sites is set for Monday 19 July – it is much better to bring everyone out, united.

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=21673

GG.
GG Posted 18th Jun 2010, 10:37pm
 
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Culture and Sport Glasgow strike to hit swimming gala
by A Unison steward

Strikes by workers at Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG) will hit a major swimming event in the city this weekend.

Bosses’ plans mean a wage cut for nearly 200 workers.

The 1,600 Bectu, GMB, Unison and Unite union members have struck for four days so far, shutting down tourist attractions, sports centres, museums and libraries.

The unions now plan to strike in different workplaces to shut down large events.

Strikes at Glasgow’s Tollcross Sports Centre from Friday to Sunday of this week will affect swimming championships, which are to be held in the centre’s pool.

But limiting action to one centre is a step back—it will reduce the pressure on the bosses. United action across the city is the way to win.

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=21539

GG.
GG Posted 2nd Jun 2010, 10:05pm
 
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A couple of updates in the media over the last few days, firstly from the Socialist Worker:

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Culture and Sport Glasgow: ‘We need to strike - it’s the only way to stop the cuts’

The 1,600 members of the Unite, Unison, Bectu and GMB trade unions working for Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG) struck successfully for the third time last weekend.

The strikes, on Friday of last week and Monday of this week, shut leisure, sport and community centres, libraries and tourist attractions.

The strikes came after CSG announced 3.4 million in cuts – reducing the wages of 150 workers by 10 percent, imposing a pay freeze and slashing overtime rates.

The strike hit popular attractions on bank holiday weekend. But strikers are receiving growing support from the public. Many agree that if workers lose then valuable facilities will be cut.

Socialist Worker spoke to strikers on the picket lines outside the art galleries.

“We have lots of people who have worked here for years,” said Tracy. “It is a disgrace that public services are coming under attack. The rich are looking out for themselves. We need to strike. It’s the only way to stop the cuts.”

Matt highlighted strikers’ determination – “We are going to keep going for as long as it takes. We stand to lose 50 a week if those cuts go through.

“We want to raise the profile of the campaign by leafleting events across the city.”

Strikers on the Museum of Transport picket line blamed the banks and the government for the cuts. A striker said, “We’re told we need to tighten our belts, but they spent 2 million on consultants who came up with a report that only saved museums in Glasgow 1.7 million!

“Councillors are saying it’s a disgrace that museums are shut on the May holiday Monday, but most museums are shut every Monday anyway after the last series of cuts.”

Another striker said, “Six public holidays have been consolidated as annual leave, so we won’t get extra payments for working what was a public holiday – the first to go is May Day, how ironic is that?

“CSG claims if we don’t accept new hours and conditions it will be forced to cut jobs – what kind of employer makes threats like that to its lowest-paid workers on fragile contracts?”

CSG workers were meeting this week to discuss the next stage of the action.

Picket line reports from Maggie Farrell and Jonathan Shafi.

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=21392

From The Herald:

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Fury at councillor’s 14k travel bill

Unions embroiled in the industrial action against the body running some of Scotland’s leading attractions have condemned its chair over the near 14,000 she has claimed in expenses and overseas travel since 2007. ...

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/politic...ksEnabled=false

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GG Posted 31st May 2010, 08:39am
  A bank holiday Monday and the museums and galleries are closed again.

A notice on the Culture and Sport Glasgow website:
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Industrial Action Monday 31 May

We regret that due to industrial action some Culture and Sport Glasgow facilities are expected to be closed on Monday 31 May.

Museums
All museums operated by Culture and Sport Glasgow are expected to be closed on Monday 31 May.

Libraries
All libraries operated by Culture and Sport Glasgow are expected to be closed on Monday 31 May.
Click here for a list of all our libraries

Community Facilities
All community facilities operated by Culture and Sport Glasgow are expected to be closed on Monday 31 May.

Tramway
Tramway is closed to the public every Monday.

Trongate 103
Trongate 103 is expected to be closed on Monday 31 May.

Glasgow Club Sports Facilities
Many sports facilities are expected to be closed or have limited access on Monday 31 May.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please continue to check this website for updated information.

Commenting on the industrial action, Brian Smith of the Unison union said:
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"We want to defend the quality services which the people of Glasgow deserve.

Along with the other unions, Unite, GMB and Bectu, we have tried to persuade Culture and Sport Glasgow not to carry out these attacks.

Whilst we recognise the wide disruption that this strike action will cause, we have been left with no option."

Speaking last week, Liz Cameron, the company's chairwoman, said:
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"In the light of the financial crisis faced across the public sector, the time has come to ask the unions what they would prefer: Job cuts and reductions in services, or changes to the way we work which help to protect both?

The public sector is facing its greatest funding crisis in generations and I am amazed at the unions' refusal to work with us during what promises to be tough times ahead."

Speaking earlier today, Mr Smith re-iterated:
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"The strike today has been similar to the other three and has been pretty solid. It has had the impact that we are looking for.

We want to defend the quality services which the people of Glasgow deserve. Along with the other unions, Unite, GMB and Bectu, we have tried to persuade Culture and Sport Glasgow not to carry out these attacks.

Whilst we recognise the wide disruption that this strike action will cause, we have been left with no option."

GG.
GG Posted 28th May 2010, 06:12pm
  An update below which, intriguingly, alludes to speculation about a strategic change of priorities at Culture and Sport Glasgow:

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... Free public access – a right enshrined from the beginning of Glasgow’s museums – has already been undermined with the increase of paid exhibitions as well as a clear move away from free temporary exhibitions. Apart from the biggest museums, such as Kelvingrove, it is little known that many museums are now closed to the public (not including fee-paying school trips) on Monday, despite staff working the full day. Indeed, CSG’s strategy is reported to no longer be primarily concerned with visitor numbers per se; i.e. attracting ordinary Glaswegians. ...

Full story here:
http://libcom.org/news/strikes-against-cul...lasgow-28052010

A notice on the CSG website confirms the extent of the closures:

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Industrial Action – Friday 28 May and Monday 31 May

We regret that due to industrial action some Culture and Sport Glasgow facilities are expected to be closed on Friday 28 May and Monday 31 May.

Museums
All museums operated by Culture and Sport Glasgow are closed on Friday 28 May and expected to be closed on Monday 31 May.

Libraries
All libraries operated by Culture and Sport Glasgow are closed on Friday 28 May with the exception of Woodside Library and Cardonald Library which will be open until 5pm.

Community Facilities
All community facilities operated by Culture and Sport Glasgow are closed on Friday 28 May with the exception of:

Barlanark Community Centre
Tollcross Community Centre
Shettleston Community Centre
Govanhill Community Centre
Darnley Community Centre

Tramway
Tramway is expected to be closed on Friday 28 May. Tramway is normally closed to the public on Mondays.

Trongate 103
Trongate 103 is closed on Friday 28 May and expected to be closed on Monday 31 May.

Glasgow Club Sports Facilities
(information for Friday 28 May)

The following facilities are open on Friday 28 May:
Glasgow Club Castlemilk (Castlemilk Pool is closed)
Glasgow Club John Paul Academy
Glasgow Club Petershill
Ibrox Football Centre
Lochend Football Centre
Palace of Art
All Golf Courses

The following facilities are partially open on Friday 28 May:
Glasgow Club Scotstoun (limited dry side activities and fitness suite)

The following facilities are closed on Friday 28 May:
Barlia Football Centre
Glasgow Club Bellahouston
Glasgow Club Castlemilk Pool
Glasgow Club Donald Dewar
Glasgow Club Drumchapel Pool
Glasgow Club Easterhouse
Glasgow Club Gorbals
Glasgow Club Haghill
Glasgow Club Holyrood
Glasgow Club John Paul Academy
Glasgow Club Kelvin Hall ISA
Glasgow Club Maryhill
Glasgow Club Milton
Glasgow Club Nethercraigs
Glasgow Club North Woodside
Glasgow Club Pollok
Glasgow Club Springburn
Glasgow Club Tollcross
Glasgow Club Whitehill
Glasgow Club Yoker
Glasgow Green Football Centre
Greenfield Football Centre
Stepford Football Centre
Toryglen Football Centre
The Bridge

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please continue to check this website for updated information.

Please note that all our venues will be open as normal on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May and normal opening hours will resume again on Tuesday 1 June.

GG.
Dimairt Posted 27th May 2010, 08:07am
  "Labour city councillor Liz Cameron, chairwoman of Culture and Sport Glasgow, the company which runs museums and leisure venues in the city, accused unions of failing to present solutions to budget problems faced by the company as a result of council cutbacks"

My Trades Union, Unison, has made several suggestions about addressing the deficit in funding for CSG.
CSG is to receive 1.5m less in funding this year; last year it spent 1.2 in hiring consultants. CSG proposes to take over the loss-making Concert Hall/Canddleriggs/ Fruitmarket venues -why?
CSG is going ahead with a "rebranding" exercise despite the costs - I understand that the new logo alone will cost some 50 thousand.
Perhaps Cllr. Cameron could address those points. While she's at it - no pun intended - she might also explain the difference between cuts imposed by a Conservative governmnent and a Labour council.

Le durachd,
Eddy
GG Posted 26th May 2010, 09:22pm
  From the news today, ahead of industrial action by unions to protect workers from proposed real-term pay cuts imposed by Aleo bosses:

Labour city councillor Liz Cameron, chairwoman of Culture and Sport Glasgow, the company which runs museums and leisure venues in the city, accused unions of failing to present solutions to budget problems faced by the company as a result of council cutbacks:

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"Faced with a choice between changing the way we work, to reduce costs, such as overtime, or protecting jobs and services, the unions have decided to go on strike.

In light of the financial crisis faced across the public sector, the time has come to ask the unions what they would prefer - job cuts and reductions in services, or changes to the way we work which help to protect both?

The unions have made it clear that they want to disrupt services when the people of Glasgow value them most.

They want to disrupt high-profile events which have helped to put Glasgow on the map. What they will not do is put forward proposals which will help to protect both jobs and services."

In response, an incredulous Brian Smith, Glasgow branch secretary of Unison, accused Cameron of having "an upside down view of the world", insisting that it was not the job of unions to suggest cuts.

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"Clearly strike action does cause disruption and we regret that as our members are committed to providing valuable services but ultimate responsibility here lies with the employer.

It's not the trade unions' job to suggest other cuts, it is our job to defend wages and services.

It is worth noting in all this that Culture and Sport Glasgow is the only part of the 'Glasgow family' (arms-length council bodies) that has said it will have a pay freeze.

Why is this company in such financial strife? Is it because of financial mismanagement or is it that the organisation was set up badly in the first place?"

GG.
GG Posted 18th May 2010, 11:11pm
 
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More strikes planned against attacks in Glasgow

Workers at Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG) are planning two more days of strike action over pay and job cuts. This follows a hugely successful strike on 6 May, the day of the general election.

Members of the Bectu, GMB, Unison and Unite unions agreed to step up their dispute at a mass meeting last week. They plan further strikes, an overtime ban and selected targeting of events to put pressure on management. ...

Full story here:
http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=21265

See also:

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Bank holiday strikes to hit Glasgow's top museums

Some of Scotland's busiest museums and galleries could be closed over part of the approaching May Bank Holiday weekend because of strike action.

BBC Scotland understands that unions at Culture and Sport Glasgow are planning at least two more 24-hour strikes in an ongoing dispute over pay. ...

Full story here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgo...est/8690411.stm

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