Union intervenes in football tickets dispute

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UNION BOSSES said yesterday that they would be taking legal action to try to stop council staff having to return their tickets for the Scotland- England football match, which they bought using a phone on an internal network.

Angela Lynes, the branch secretary for Unison, the public service union, said it would be seeking an interim interdict, the Scottish equivalent of an injunction, as soon as a judge was available. She said: "The council have gone ahead and issued letters to staff and told them that they have got to return all the tickets. We have received further legal advice and we're going for an interim interdict."

According to Unison figures, about 215 employees of Glasgow City Council, which was running the sales hotline, bought tickets through an internal number, which enabled them to jump the queue to be present at the first Scotland-England match held north of the border for 10 years.