Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Evening Times: Kelvingrove closed as 200,000 strike over pay

by Gordon Thomson

Glasgow Evening Times
Wednesday 24 September 2008

GLASGOW'S top tourist attraction was shut today - with staff accused of taking "unlawful" strike action. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and 13 other museums across the city failed to open, along with the Tramway Theatre, as staff joined 200,000 council workers from across the country in a day of action over pay.

The city's museums, libraries, leisure sites and community facilities are now run by Culture and Sport Glasgow.

All the major unions say its 2000-strong workforce were eligible to take part in today's stoppage. Bosses, however, dispute that claim. A spokesman said: "Despite unlawful industrial action, the majority of sport and leisure facilities managed by Culture and Sport Glasgow on behalf of the city remain open."

As the row erupted, council services across Scotland ground to a halt.

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