Saturday, 21 November 2015

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow is another area where there is a steady stream of enquires from A4ES clients for news about the Employment Appeal Tribunal (ETA) hearing which ended in the middle of May 2015.

Now everyone knows that the courts in Scotland work at a snail's pace and sometimes this affects the Employment Tribunal system as well.

So, understandably people are getting fed up with the lack of news from the ETA after more than six months and they get in touch with me on a regular basis to ask if there's any news to report.

My answer is always the same - that if there were any developments, then the details would have been posted on the blog site already, but I completely understand people's sense of frustration at the slow speed at which things move.

Rest assured that as soon as I hear anything I'll share the details on Twitter and the blog site and if you're looking to do something practical in the meantime, why not sign my petition about making the trade unions more accountable to their members.

Spreading the Word

Lots of readers have been in touch to ask how they can help support the campaign to Make Unions More Accountable (MUMA).

The most obvious way to help is to sign the petition itself which anyone can do so long as they are a UK resident.

The other is to publicise the petition with family, friends and co-workers.

Because I'm pretty sure that most people including the great majority of union members support the proposition that if doctors, lawyers, bankers, teachers, nurses, police officers and property managers are all subject to an independent complaints process - then so should the country's trade unions. 

In my experience, public petitions always need a 'spark' to get things going and build momentum before they 'take off'.

Readers of the blog site can help by sharing and liking Facebook posts and by re-tweeting and 'favouriting' Twitter tweets.

Because as the old saying goes 'many hands make light work'. 

Glasgow Update (18/05/15)

The long-running case involving Glasgow City Council and its Workforce Pay and Benefits Review (WPBR) finally came to an end at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Edinburgh last week.  

The Action 4 Equality Scotland clients were represented by another leading barrister, Robin Allen QC, although the written decision of the tribunal will not be released for some time, perhaps months.

But as soon as there is any news I will post the details on the blog site.