Pope’s visit disrupted

August 26, 2010 by  

Companies offering banner printing in East Kilbride or other areas around Glasgow could find themselves in the middle of a bitter dispute as plans to disrupt the Pope’s visit to the city have come to light. Unions are currently locked in a dispute with Glasgow Life, formerly Culture and Sport Glasgow, that runs Glasgow’s museums and sport centres in the area. It has been discussed that one proposal that unions are considering to highlight their point of view is to print and tie a banner to a light aeroplane hired for the day with the message that the Pope supports their striking workers. Unions have said that they are already looking to discuss with the Civil Aviation Authority any airspace bans that might be in place on the day of the Pope’s visit in September.

Glasgow Life sources have dismissed the plans as an expensive stunt but Unions are hoping to disrupt events on the day by striking and leaving buildings such as The Palace of Art and Bellahouston Leisure Centre which will be housing guests on the day of the Pope’s visit and leave them short of labour. The dispute between the Unions and Glasgow Life has been rumbling for several months. Overtime payments have been cancelled and terms and conditions of some employees have been reduced to the point where staff is seeing reduction in earnings by up to £2000. Glasgow Life have had to shut many venues in recent months leaving them with a surplus of employees and the organisation claims that redundancies are going to be inevitable in the coming year.