Friday, 17 March 2017

Money for Nothing

Here's a post from the blog site archive which may provide some inspiration for my Glasgow music competition. 

'Money for Nothing' by Dire Straits seemed like a good way to describe the trade unions in South Lanarkshire Council who actively discouraged their members from pursuing equal pay claims against the local Labour-run council. 

A great companion piece to the Gerry Rafferty number "Can I Have My Money Back?'


Money For Nothing (03/12/16)

Here's another post from the blog site archive which might provide some musical inspiration for union members who are unhappy about being excluded from North Lanarkshire's job evaluation (JE) review. 


Money For Nothing (03/09/16)

A regular reader has come up with a great suggestion for a song or a musical number that paints a picture of the Unison South Lanarkshire branch.

My proposal which I posted yesterday was 'Can I Have My Money Back?' by the Scottish singer songwriter Gerry Rafferty, but I think I might have been outdone the following nomination - 'Money For Nothing' by Dire Straits.

Now I can see this catching on because it's great fun, so keep you ideas coming by dropping me an email at:

Can I Have My Money Back? (01/12/16)

If trade union members in North Lanarkshire are being encouraged to look after their own interest when it comes to job evaluation, maybe they should ask for a reduction in their union fees.


Can I Have My Money Back? (August 2015)

14 August 2015

Unison contributions or membership fees operate on a sliding scale based on what people earn - £1.30 a month for a salary of up to £2,000 and a maximum of £22.50 a month for those earning over £35,000 a year.

The 5th point on this scale is £7.85 a month which is paid by members earning £11,001 to £14,000 a year - and that seems like a reasonable figure to use as the contribution Unison members pay on average in your average Unison branch.

So let's apply that figure to Unison in South Lanarkshire and calculate how much the union has collected or earned in contributions from members in places like Hamilton, East Kilbride, Rutherglen and Lanark over the past 14 years. 

Now I'm using 14 years for a good reason - because the 1999 Single Status (Equal Pay) Agreement was signed by Unison and the Scottish council employers - including South Lanarkshire Council - just over 14 years ago.

The South Lanarkshire Unison branch claims to have 6,000 members on its books - so let's say only 5,000 of that number (a conservative figure) are directly employed by South Lanarkshire Council. 

5,000 members x £7.85 x 12 months x 14 years = £6,594,000 (£6.59 million UK pounds) - which is a whole lot of money by any standards, but the serious question I'd like to pose is this:

"Does anyone in their right mind believe that Unison members in South Lanarkshire have received value for money for their £6.59 million - especially in the fight for Equal Pay over the past 14 years?" 

I suspect not and if I were a Unison member in South Lanarkshire Council - I'd be asking for a full refund or in the words of the famous Gerry Rafferty song 'Can I Have My Money Back?'.

Gerry Rafferty Sings (14/08/15)

I'd like to nominate the following song as the new anthem for the Unison branch in South Lanarkshire Council - "Can I Have My Money Back?", by Gerry Rafferty.

If readers have any other suggestions, I'll happily share them on the blog site.