Sunday, 22 January 2017

Glasgow and Equal Pay



I said in a recent post that local A4ES meetings would form part of the campaign to hold Glasgow City Council to account over equal pay.

Now this is how A4ES took off back in 2005 when I attended lots of local meetings all over Glasgow to explain the huge pay differences between traditional male and female council jobs - which the Council and trade unions had kept hidden from the workforce, of course. 

As there's no point in reinventing the wheel, I plan to use the same approach this time around and I imagine there will be a big demand for local meetings in the run-up to the local council elections in May 2017.

In my experience, local people know best where and when to arrange these meetings - in a community centre, church hall, local clubs and pub function rooms etc.

All we need is an hour or so to explain what's at stake, financially and otherwise  and what A4ES claimants  can do to help bring this whole business to a successful conclusion.

If you'd like to arrange a meeting, just drop me a note to markirvine@compuserve.com - along with a suggested date, time and venue.

Once the arrangements are agreed it's just a matter of spreading the word to friends and co-workers which I can help with via the blog site as well.

  


Glasgow and Equal Pay (06/01/17)


Readers in Glasgow are in touch regularly to ask what kind of equal pay campaign will get underway in the weeks ahead.

Well that's something I will give detailed thought to over the festive season, but here is a 'starter for ten' as the say ion University Challenge:

  • Issue a detailed public statement explaining the basis of the dispute
  • Highlight Glasgow's position as the only major council in Scotland not to have reached agreement with A4ES over its post-job evaluation pay arrangements.
  • Arrange to brief the Leader of the Opposition Group on Glasgow City Council and individual councillors who may have been kept in the dark by the current council leadership.
  • Arrange to brief all MSPs and MPs within the boundaries of Glasgow City Council who are all SNP politicians 
  • Organise a series of local meetings across the city to encourage the 5,500 A4ES clients in Glasgow to get involved in the campaign
  • Assist equal pay claimants in Glasgow to get their message across by lobbying local councillors, Holyrood MSPs and Westminster MPs
  • Organise case studies for the local media including The Herald, Evening Times, Daily Record etc
  • Organise a major advertising campaign across Glasgow in the run-up to the May 2017 council elections
  • Consider standing an 'Equal Pay' candidate in one or more key Glasgow constituencies
  • Seek a meeting with Nicola Sturgeon (First Minister) as a Glasgow MSP to discuss how she and the SNP Government can help hold Glasgow to account
If readers have any ideas or suggestions to make, then fire away by dropping me a line at: markirvine@compuserve.com markirvine@compuserve.com 

Remember, 'many hands make light work' and the more people who get involved in the campaign the sooner this will all be over.