Thursday, 27 April 2017

First Minister and Equal Pay

Nicola Sturgeon has a lot on her plate at the moment, not least because Nicola is Scotland's First Minister as well as the MSP for Glasgow Southside.

Nonetheless Nicola has made her position on equal pay clear and the focus now shifts to next Thursday when the people of Glasgow will decide who is going to run the City Council for the next four years.


Dear Mark

Glasgow City Council and Equal Pay

Thanks for your email.

I associate myself entirely with Cllr Aitken's comments. An SNP administration of GCC would seek to resolve and settle all outstanding equal pay claims within the next term of the council.

Best wishes


Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Glasgow Southside

Glasgow - Court of Session (26/04/17)

A reader asks what further legal steps are open to Glasgow City Council following the appeal hearing which taking place this week and next at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Well in theory the City Council could appeal again to the UK Supreme Court, but this would depend on exactly what the Court of Session, Scotland's highest civil court, says in deciding the case and handing down its judgment.

If the City Council were to appeal again, Action 4 Equality Scotland would also fight the case all the way to the UK Supreme Court, but another big factor will be the local council elections on 4th May 2017 of course.

Because unlike the Labour Party which currently runs the City Council, the SNP have said that they wish to see a negotiated and fair settlement of all the outstanding equal pay claims in Glasgow. 

For reasons best known to itself the Labour Group in Glasgow has failed to show any leadership over equal pay and just like neighbouring Labour councils in North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire, they have fought the issue every step the way.

So I hope Labour gets a well deserved kicking on polling day next Thursday.