I contacted all of the Westminster MPs who are members of the House of Commons Petitions Committee regarding my petition which is aimed at making big union bureaucracies more accountable to ordinary unions members.
If an independent complaints process is good enough for Scotland's teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, the police and property managers - then surely it's time that trade unions were put on a similar footing.
Makes perfect sense, if you ask me.
Dear Committee Member
Making Unions More Accountable
I have just been advised that my petition on making trade unions more accountable to their members has gone 'live' on the House of Commons web site.
I enclose a copy of the petition, for your information, and would be delighted to provide any further background information you may require regarding the fight for equal pay in Scottish local government.
My interest in these matters stems from my previous trade union career, latterly as Unison's Head of Local Government in Scotland, and from my prior membership of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal (SSDT), as an appointee of Scottish Ministers to these two regulatory bodies.
NB I also attach an article I wrote for The Herald newspaper in 2013 which was republished on my blog site at: www.action4equalityscotland.blogspot.com
Who Gets What and Why? (03/10/13)
How else to explain the the fact that the Scottish Government, council employers and the trade unions found the money required to fund a landmark pay deal for Scottish teachers, back in the year 2000, which cost the public purse £800 million a year.
Far more, of course, than the cost of implementing the 1999 Single Status (Equal Pay) Agreement in the way that was originally intended - by raising the pay levels of many female dominated jobs which had been badly undervalued for years.
So why did Scottish teachers win out while Scotland's lowest paid council workers lost out?
And if the employers and trade unions had done what they said they were going to do, back in 1999, there would be no need for this belated campaign for a Living Wage because the lowest paid council workers would have been earning more than £9.00 an hour for years.