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Art venue bosses deny work to trade-unionists

THE GLASGOW School of Art Students’ Association stood accused of blacklisting today following claims that only non-union staff had been given work in its struggling bar and venue. 

Employees at the GSASA-run facility had their hours slashed in August and were warned by management that the venue was “two weeks from liquidation.”

Staff met with management In September and say they were promised minimum hours and retention of working conditions.

A Unite spokesman said: “We understand the employer has now given hours to a handful of selected staff.

“Knowing 80 per cent of the workforce are unionised, the GSASA just so happens to have kept on the four non-members behind the bar and in the kitchen. This cannot be a coincidence.”

One worker, Bethan Roseblade, said: “It’s very obvious discrimination. We only found out earlier this week some staff had been given shifts.

“They are either people hired in September to dilute the power of us being unionised, or people who haven’t been involved.

“It feels like they just want us to not be working there at all, to force us out.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard have visited to support the workers in the past few months.

The GSASA has yet to respond to requests for comment.

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