Date: 29 June 2012
UNISON calls on the Archbishop of Glasgow to think again
UNISON is today calling on the Archbishop of Glasgow, and other
senior figures in the Scottish Catholic Church, to overturn
their decision to slash the pay of low paid workers.
Archbishop Mario Conti sits on the board of social care charity
The Mungo Foundation, a charity set up to provide care and support
to adults with learning difficulties across the West of Scotland.
Last year – due to social care cuts pursued by Glasgow City
Council under the guise of personalisation – many staff saw
their hours cut, while others lost their jobs.
To add insult to injury, the board is now looking to cut their
hourly rate of pay by seven per cent and cut their hours even
The union says the cuts are not being driven by financial pressures,
but rather an attempt to create a new workforce that the board
can call upon when needed and drop when no longer required.
Simon Macfarlane, UNISON’s Regional Organiser, said: “The Mungo
Foundation says it is rooted in sound Christian values with
strong principles of social justice and inclusion. However,
the actions of the board seem to suggest otherwise.
“Attacking the pay, conditions and working hours of low-paid
workers, predominantly women, is a major slap in the face for
these dedicated staff – many of whom have served the Archdiocese
for more than 30 years. Our members are seriously concerned
that staffing cuts will have a major impact on the service they
provide to some of Glasgow’s most vulnerable people.”
The cuts in working hours will particularly impact on those
who receive tax credits, as the system requires that workers
have a certain amount of contracted hours in order to maintain
Mr MacFarlane added: “Our members have been called into the
offices of the Archdiocese to be told of the cuts, while sitting
in a room surrounded by guilt-framed pictures worth countless
“It seems the Mungo Foundation has lost its way and we’re calling
on the Archbishop of Glasgow, and other board members, to reverse
this damaging decision and to end the cuts agenda.”
Notes to editors
1. UNISON is currently consulting those Mungo Foundation members
affected by these cuts on industrial action. In addition to
consulting the staff facing wage and hours cuts, the union is
also balloting all members within the charity on pay as a result
of the board’s decision to impose a one-off payment of £350
after a 5 year pay freeze.
2. The Mungo Foundation was previously part of the Archdiocese
of Glasgow but it is now a legally distinct board.
For more information please contact:
Simon Macfarlane, UNISON’s Regional Organiser, on 07703 194