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> The Rise Of Glasgow's Quango State, Aleos and extra payments to councillors
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post 15th Aug 2012, 06:17am
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Here's another example of what's going on at a company predominantly owned by the council, where five bosses were last year paid a total of £226,000 in bonuses.

From the Evening Time yesterday:
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[...] Scottish Exhibition Centre Limited (SECL) only made a pre tax profit of £400,000 and the council said it wants to ensure bonuses and pay are in line with performance.

Earlier this summer it was revealed that John Sharkey, SECC chief executive was paid £85,000 on top of his salary of £190,000.

The other four executive directors were awarded bonuses totalling £141,000.

The payouts were met with anger among opposition councillors and the council [...]

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post 18th Jul 2013, 07:31pm
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Two stories in yesterday's Evening Times demonstrate just how well 'The Rise Of Glasgow's Quango State' is benefiting the city. wacko.gif

In the first story, it is revealed that the value of the car parks purchased by the council to form the quango/aleo City Parking has plummeted from £36million to £16million in just over five years. Of course, Glasgow City Council bought high and now will be pushed to sell low. The ET claims that the dramatic fall has been because the "recession scared shoppers away" from the city centre. Nothing to do with the council continually granting planning approval to the expansion of out-of-town American-style shopping malls, then. ohmy.gif

Anger as Purcell legacy City Parking hits negative equity
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/anger-a...30735n.21629523

In the second story, shock news that the much-trumpeted city building quango/aleo, eh, City Building, had managed to make a huge loss despite getting its hands on 'some' Commonwealth Games contracts. According to Graeme Hendry, the SNP's leader in the city:

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"This [news] is yet more evidence that the bad decisions of Labour over many years are strangling Glasgow financially. With Aleos such as City Parking and Property having huge debts hanging round their necks like dead weights it is very worrying that City Building is now losing money. City Building must be the only construction firm in the country guaranteed lots of work at the moment."

Council's flagship Aleo in annual loss of £1.2m
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/council...30685n.21617317

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post 19th Jul 2013, 01:55pm
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The GHA seems to be flourishing since taking over the Council`s housing stock. They`re paying City Building £106 million maintenance contract for the next five years.

£420,000 a week. £84,000 a day.

1) where are the “not for profit” GHA getting this money from?

2) anyone really believe there ain`t an “Axis Of Gr-eedvil” between the Council, City Building and the GHA?

Just one more reason, as if another`s really necessary, for voting Yes. That`s the only way we`ll cleanse George Square of these gonorrhetic racketeers once and for all. Just imagine, a City Chambers purged of the personal and “professional” vices of Labour....

It won`t even cost us a penny. And we`ll save a fortune.

Read this and marvel at the GHA`s remarkable austerity-defying prowess:

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/repairs/gha...6526923.article


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post 19th Jul 2013, 03:22pm
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Totally agree with you RR.... lets get rid of this mob in the chambers!!

And will you be surprised if I were to tell you that the chief execs of both GHA and City Building get more than the First Minister or the Prime Minister?? It really is incredible that Labour can set up these companies and then give the top men in them more than the people who run the whole country. angry.gif
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Totally agree with you RR.... lets get rid of this mob in the chambers!!

And will you be surprised if I were to tell you that the chief execs of both GHA and City Building get more than the First Minister or the Prime Minister?? It really is incredible that Labour can set up these companies and then give the top men in them more than the people who run the whole country. angry.gif

Not really. Science proves relentless exposure to anything, however repellent, nutures insensitivity.

Scottish Labour`s real investment in Better Together is to prevent the end of their tenure per se. Once a true democratic Party is installed in George Square after the 2016 elections, having set up a functioning Council, they will inevitable turn their personal/professional curiousity toward their predecessors reign (e.g. in this case, Labour and Labour alone).

The proverbial trip down a sewer in a glass bottomed boat.

At that point, a tsunami of sh*te will plummet from the Heavens. And everybody -- just about everybody -- who enjoyed their long, blamy, sunny (now evicted) tenancy at The Big House is going to find their conduct under the (electron) microscope. Serious questions will be asked. Inquiries and investigations forthcoming. And, hopefully, charges...
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Glasgow City Council owns 91% of the SECC quango, repeatedly using public money to pay for the upgrading of the SECC site. Yet the inept and cowardly Labour councillors allow this kind of anti-union bullying...

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‘Defending My Members Cost Me My Job’

On May 25th, Unison health and safety rep Robert O’Donnell was sacked from his job at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).

Management are relying on an unwitnessed alleged incident as their only basis for dismissing O’Donnell, despite his 12 years of employment as an SECC gardener — where he has had no previous issues with management.

O’Donnell and Unison are quite clear that this dismissal is motivated by his commitment to building the union’s workplace profile and raising health and safety issues with management. The SECC as it turns out, has an extensive history of preventing trade unions from organising on their premises, and has been openly hostile towards trade union activists.

It is one of Scotland’s premier music, arts and conference centres, making a £1.1 million profit in 2013, and it recently expanded by building another venue, the SSE Hydro. But while on the surface it might seem like a tale of bread and Beyoncé for the masses, the venue’s systematic hostility and obstructive tactics deployed in its dealings with Unison and activists reveal its darker side.

I met O’Donnell to discuss his situation, what it’s like to work for an employer which refuses to recognise a trade union and how he, with the support of Unison, is planning a campaign to get his job back.

He said he noticed a marked change in how management treated him when he joined Unison and became active in his workplace just over two years ago. He was elected a health and safety rep and began to raise serious breaches of health and safety with management. “There was one particularly serious health and safety issue I remember clearly — a gas leak when the notorious blacklisting firm Lend Lease were building the Hydro arena,” he says. ...

Full story here:
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-4c21-...-cost-me-my-job

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post 11th Jul 2016, 10:02pm
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Another Labour-endorsed quango slated again:
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Glasgow Life slated over the sacking of five managers amid allegations of a Commonwealth Games overtime 'scam'

Scotland's largest arts and leisure spin-off has been damned over its wrongful sacking of five managers amid allegations of a Commonwealth Games overtime scam.

Instructing it to pay its former employees in excess of £100,000, the Employment Tribunal has accused Glasgow Life of running a "biased investigation" carried out by senior bosses who it said lacked credibility and reliability.

The Tribunal claims "no other reasonable employer would have dismissed the claimants", describing them as long-serving employees with clean records and able to fully explain the allegations they faced.

One of the managers had been unable to return to full-time employment due to the stress caused by the dismissal, while another has secured a payout of around £40,000.

Unions have now called on Glasgow Life chief executive Dr Bridget McConnell to investigate the sackings and the Glasgow City Council-owned trust's disciplinary practices, as two other related cases await a Tribunal hearing.

The group had always insisted the payments were authorised, including, several claimed, by the manager carrying out the investigation, and the long hours were part of the build-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In a judgement which shreds the credibility of Glasgow Life, the Employment Tribunal said the organisation's senior manager who carried out the investigation, Ms Debbie O'Brien, had "tainted the whole investigative process" and that there was no will further up the ladder to challenge her findings. [...]

Full story here:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/1460004...comments-anchor

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Dare say we have not head the last of this

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Labour politicians still destroying the livelihood of council workers in quangos:
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Glasgow CCTV strike continues as Old Firm weekend looms

The operator of Glasgow's CCTV system has said a strike by staff over the weekend of the Celtic v Rangers game will not take the system offline.

About 140 employees at Community Safety Glasgow (CSG), an arms-length council body, walked out on Wednesday in an ongoing row over pay for shift work. Their five-day action will end on Sunday - 24 hours after thousands of fans attend the game at Celtic Park.

CSG said cameras would record as normal with monitoring arrangements in place. A spokesman for CSG said: "CCTV cameras will continue to operate and record as normal. Monitoring will be provided from within existing resources."

He added: "This strike is entirely unnecessary and ill-conceived. We are more than willing to talk this through and there is more than ample time to reach a fair settlement.

"We urge the union reps to get back round the table and discuss these issues constructively."

'Massive cut'

The staff taking part in the action belong to three trade unions - Unison, Unite and GMB.

Unite regional officer William McGonigle said: "Community Safety Glasgow wants to remove out-of-hours payments for our members, which could see many losing up to £4,000 in their take-home pay.

"That's a massive cut, and we simply can't agree to it.

"We urge Community Safety Glasgow to stop attacking their hard-working staff, and to get back around the negotiating table with us to come up with a sensible solution."

CSG said that a pay review "designed to ensure balance and fairness" for all staff had "delivered improved or identical pay for 83% of staff". The spokesman said: "We accept that a small group of staff would lose money as a result of the pay review as it currently stands.

"But we have guaranteed that those in detriment will have their pay protected at current rates for the next two years to allow time for a negotiated settlement of the issues."

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