[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 21 January, 2005, 18:16 GMT
Subway workers plan more strikes
Underground train
Staff have been pushed into strike action, the union says
Glasgow Underground staff have voted in favour of a series of one-day strikes in an escalation of their pay dispute.

The T&G union said its members would enforce a complete overtime ban from 30 January and would begin strike action a day later.

Staff held a four-hour strike on Thursday in protest over pay and holidays.

Scott Foley, of the T&G, said Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) had failed to meet staff demands.

The workers have rejected a two-year pay deal worth an extra 5.9%, which SPT director Douglas Ferguson said would not be increased.

Mr Foley said underground workers operated in "a safety critical environment" without being paid for the job they carried out.

Our members want a modernised SPT Underground, complete with a modern progressive grading structure
Scott Foley
T&G

He added: "They have been pushed by the SPT management to a point where they feel they have no other option but to embark on a period of industrial action.

"Despite the repeated attempts by T&G officers and stewards to progress initiatives, including using the services of Acas, to resolve issues at SPT, management has resisted all attempts at progress, resulting in our members' anger, frustration and disappointment.

"Our members want a modernised SPT Underground, complete with a modern progressive grading structure.

"What our members need and deserve is a modern agreement, properly evaluated, that truly reflects the worth and value of the jobs they do, comparable to that of their peers in the industry and SPT must recognise this."




SEE ALSO:
Subway workers hold pay dispute
20 Jan 05 |  Scotland
Subway dispute resolved at talks
12 Jul 04 |  Scotland
Warning of further subway strikes
09 Jul 04 |  Scotland
Deal ends subway strike
08 Nov 02 |  Scotland
History of the Clockwork Orange
06 Nov 02 |  Scotland


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific