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Home carers in Glasgow considering industrial action over safety fears

HOME carers in Glasgow are to be balloted for industrial action after their union said that it had no confidence in plans for workplace testing of Covid-19.

GMB Scotland said more than 1,700 of its members will take part in a three-week ballot over concerns at Glasgow City Council’s Health & Social Care Partnership (HCSP). 

The union said services could be affected by action as early as Monday February 22.

It criticised the HSCP and the Scottish government for their lack of clarity on workplace testing and claimed that staff have had problems with vaccinations.

GMB Scotland organiser David Hume said: “We are a week away from the testing roll-out and we still don’t know what kind of test home carers will receive, how it will be distributed or how it will be administered.

“The interests of these key workers have been consistently forgotten and they are being treated negligently by their employer, and this government.”


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