VIDEO: Dozens protest over council jobs threat

Council workers held a peaceful protest outside the headquarters of East Dunbartonshire Council over an attack on their terms and conditions.

The council, in line with many others across Scotland, set its budget on Thursday night, and unions - who say hundreds of jobs are at risk - and their members wanted to make their views known to elected councillors and senior management ahead of the meeting.

Workers are gathering to protest against threats to their jobs

Workers are gathering to protest against threats to their jobs

Unions say the council wants to impose changes on up to 800 of its members, without reaching a negotiated agreement with them.

It is thought some who may be offered redundancy will be offered re-engagement by East Dunbartonshire Council, but that may be on reduced terms and conditions.

A union spokesman described the council’s actions as “like putting a gun to people’s heads.”

Joint trade unions UNISON, Unite, Ucatt and GMB say they are also balloting their members on industrial action because of the refusal by the council to enter into negotiation.

Employees in the roads and neighbourhood services team, which includes janitors, bin men, cleaners and gardeners are among those affected.