Strike Hits Libraries in Glasgow, Scotland

Strike Hits Libraries in Glasgow, Scotland

Some 300 library workers, members of the public services union in Glasgow, Scotland, voted to close every library in the city on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday each week to protest what it calls "cuts and hardships suffered by the staff as a result of Glasgow city council's actions." Libraries have already been closing on a rotating basis for the past five months to protest reduced working hours, which has resulted in a 5% pay cut over the last 18 months.

The union members voted three to one in favor of the action, which includes the popular Mitchell Library, with "Europe's largest public reference collection," according to the October 12 Scotsman. Angela Lynes, secretary of the Unison union, told the newspaper that the libraries will continue to close "until the council take our members' demands seriously."

Posted October 19, 1998.