Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Glasgow's Pay Arrangements

An eagle-eyed reader from Glasgow has been in touch to ask if the statements I published on the blog site earlier today are extracts from the Unison rule book.

Indeed they are, well done! - and their significance will become clear tomorrow (Thursday) when I publish a further post on the 'new' pay arrangements introduced by Glasgow City Council in 2007 as a result of its Workforce Pay and Benefits Review (WPBR).

So here is the post again with the blanks filled in this time - the first statement is an extract from Unison's Aims and Objectives while the second is a statement of the union's anti-discrimination policy.

Today is International Women's Day, by the way, an important day in the calendar and one that people and organisations often use to burnish their credentials as champions of equal pay and equalities issues. 

Let's see what tomorrow brings.


The Fight for Equal Pay (08/03/17)

Here's a statement about 'equality' and fighting against discrimination of all kinds which I would like to draw to readers' attention ahead of an important post I plan to publish on the blog site tomorrow (Thursday).


Aims and objectives
"To seek to ensure equality of treatment and fair representation for all members and to work for the elimination of discrimination on grounds of race, gender, sexuality, gender identity, disability, age or creed.


"The Union shall seek to ensure that discriminatory acts are not committed against any persons by the Union, or or by its organs, members, or officers, on grounds such as race, gender, sexuality, gender identity, disability, age, creed or social class."

I hope every employee of the City Council reads this post today because tomorrow promises to be a bit of an eye opener.

The reason being that Scotland's 1999 Single Status (Equal Pay) Agreement was always  intended to raise the level of (low) pay for thousands of women whose jobs had been badly undervalued and underpaid for years - and that could not be done without closing the pay gap with their male colleagues.

So, in turn, this meant that anyone defending and trying to maintain this big 'equal pay' gap had to be betraying the interests of all the female council workers: carers, cooks, cleaners, catering workers, clerical staff, classroom assistants etc.

So tune in again tomorrow for the big 'reveal'.