Council strike ‘puts elderly and vulnerable lives on the line’

A charity in Scotland has said council workers’ decision to strike could be putting elderly and vulnerable people’s lives on the line.

East Dunbartonshire has experienced industrial action over pay and conditions in the recent days and Age Scotland said it is concerned for people who need care in their own homes and what emergency arrangements have been made for them.

Chief executive for the charity, Brian Sloan, said that “lives could be on the line”.

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“It is absolutely vital that those older and vulnerable people in East Dunbartonshire classed as needing critical and substantial care do not go without the support they need.

“The council and unions must come together and ensure that there is, at the very least, a 100% exemption for staff caring for older vulnerable people and work hard to resolve the dispute.”

Agency staff or NHS staff could be used in place of council staff, it has been reported.

A statement issued by East Dunbartonshire Council read: “In an effort to avoid strike action the council made a further offer to the trades unions this morning to allow further time for negotiation on the areas being identified as of most concern.

“To enable those further negotiations the strike would need to be suspended.

“Regrettably the trades unions declined this further offer and their strike action will go ahead as planned on Thursday 21, Friday 22, Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June.”

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